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Tuesday, November 29, 2022


Attacks on INEC offices won’t stop 2023 election says Chairman Yakubu

The National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday, assured that attacks on its facilities won’t stop the conduct of the 2023 election.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, gave the assurance at a meeting with the Africa Union Special Pre-Electoral Political Mission led by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Dailypost reports, Yakubu said though some election materials were destroyed in the attacks, the commission would replace them.

Three local government area offices across the country were targeted in the last three weeks; the most recent was on Sunday in Ebonyi.

He said, “So far, we can recover from all the losses but it’s a source of concern. This shouldn’t be allowed to continue.”

Yakubu added that security agencies would be engaged to protect INEC facilities ahead of the general polls.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022


2023: US allocates $50m to train INEC officials, journalists

The United States of America has allocated $50million  to support the training of journalists, INEC officials and civil society organisations for the  credible conduct of Nigeria’s 2023 general elections.

The US Consul-General in Lagos, Will Stevens, made this known at the opening of a two-day workshop on election reporting for political reporters, editors, video journalists and videographers on Tuesday in Ibadan.

The workshop was organised by West Africa Broadcast and Media Academy, Enugu Literary Society and supported by the United States Consulate-General, Lagos.

Stevens said the allocated fund would be used to provide technical assistance for beneficiaries.

The consul-general said that the focus of the US Is to ensure that Nigeria’s 2023 general elections are peaceful and credible.

“We are supporting more than 100 journalists with this workshop in Ibadan, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Lagos as part of US efforts to support Nigeria’s elections.

“Over the last three years and into the next year too, the US government has allocated more than $50million for technical assistance, support, trainings for INEC, and for civil society, among others.

“We have been working closely in partnership with civil society and INEC, through the US Agency for International Development.

“The partnership focuses on technical assistance and support for the system that has been put in place to ensure that every vote counts,” he said.

Stevens also said the US government would continue to emphasise the value of voting and protecting a free press, adding that the media is absolutely essential in preserving democracy.

“We are committed to initiatives here in Nigeria to build needed capacity.

“We have funded training for hundreds of journalists on topics ranging from fact-checking, health reporting, defence and national security reporting, investigative journalism, election reporting and media ethics.

“These trainings, together with other programmes we offer virtually, are to demonstrate our commitment to this partnership that we have long enjoyed here in Nigeria,” he added.

In his remarks,  the Director of West Africa Broadcast and Media Academy, Ken Okere, said the workshop was put together to train journalists to be the best at what they do.

Okere said participants would be trained on how to be safe in the discharge of their duties and to continue to be objective in their reportage.

He described fake news and misinformation as the biggest threat to the conduct of the 2023 general elections.

“You can put the nation on fire through misinformation.

“If media practitioners can checkmate misinformation, (though we may not be able to stop it), we can debunk it very quickly,” he noted.


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Tuesday, August 16, 2022


INEC displays voters' register in Lagos

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State has displayed the register of newly registered voters.

The electoral umpire called on residents to check the register for respective claims and objections.

Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje issued a statement on Monday through the Public Relations Officer, Adenike Oriowo.

INEC explained that the publication was in tandem with section 19 of the Electoral Act 2022

“This display will be on from Monday, Aug. 15 to Friday, Aug. 20 at the 20 Local Government Area Offices of the Commission in Lagos State,” Agbaje informed.

The official urged registered voters to check for omission, correction and objection regarding information already provided.

The statement said the commission is poised to ensuring a credible voter register for a successful electioneering process early next year.

INEC assured that it was committed to making all votes count so as to consolidate the country’s democracy.

The Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) ended on July 31. Applicants are expected to receive their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) before February 2023. Dailypost 

Monday, November 08, 2021


Anambra election: INEC blames IPOB for low voter turnout

The Independent National Electoral Commission has blamed the Indigenous People of Biafra for the low turnout of voters during the Anambra governorship election held on Saturday.

Speaking with Channels TV on Sunday, INEC’s Supervising Resident Electoral Commissioner to Anambra, Sam Egwu, said the fear IPOB has been able to instil in many residents contributed to the low turnout of voters.

He said, “There is a whole state of fear that has been created by the politics of agitation for a separate state in this part of the country,”

“IPOB has been able to enforce the sit-at-home order over time. So the fear of IPOB has become the beginning of wisdom.”

Egwu, who was the SREC for Onitsha North, Onitsha South, and Ogbaru LGAs, noted that IPOB had a significant impact on the voter turnout.

He stated that the turnout was less than 25 per cent of all accredited voters across the 21 LGAs.

“We have had a problem with extremely low voter turnout. The voter turnout, I think, if you are scientific in terms of what we are seeing in many local governments, you are actually dealing with less than 25 per cent voter turnout, and this is not really good for our democracy,” he said.

On Monday, INEC declared the Anambra governorship election inconclusive until a supplementary election is held in 362 polling units in Ihiala Local Government Area on Tuesday, November 9.

With the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Prof. Charles Soludo leading the polls, INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Florence Obi, said a winner could not be announced due to the insufficient margin of victory.

Despite technical glitches, logistics, and uncertainties over security, the governorship election was conducted in 20 of Anambra’s 21 LGAs.  Punchng

Monday, December 21, 2020


INEC: National assembly wants voting right for married underage girls

The national assembly joint committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is recommending that married underage girls be recognised as eligible voters.

Nigeria’s constitution currently pegs the eligible age for voting at 18.

The national assembly joint panel made the recommendation to a technical committee which will work on the new electoral act proposed by the federal lawmakers.

The technical committee is made up of lawyers, lawmakers, INEC officials and civil society organisations (CSOs).

At a public hearing organised by the joint panel about two weeks ago, some stakeholders recommended that married underage girls should be considered as voters.

Speaking at the inauguration of the technical committee in Abuja, Kabiru Gaya, chairman of the senate committee on INEC, said the recommendation is a unanimous decision by the joint panel.

“The joint committee has proposed that if a lady who is not up to 18 years is married, she should be considered to be mature enough and be eligible to vote,” Gaya said.

But Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, said the issue of voting age is a constitutional matter, adding that the law also recognises 18 as marriageable age.

In response, Aisha Dukku, chairperson of the house of representatives committee on INEC, said the recommendation cannot be thrown out because it was suggested by stakeholders at the public hearing.

“It is already in the electoral act amendments submitted in the last assembly, so it cannot be thrown away just like that,” the chairperson said.

“We should look at it and come up with something instead of throwing it away. It is not from us but from the stakeholders on the day of the public hearing held in the 8th assembly.”

Thereafter, Yakubu said INEC would work with the federal lawmakers to amend the country’s electoral act before the first quarter of 2021.

Electronic voting will be backed up by law if the national assembly passes this amendment and the president assents to it. TheCableng

Wednesday, January 29, 2020


INEC rejects rerun election results in Akwa-Ibom

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected results of Saturday’s rerun election in Essien Udim Local Government Area (LGA) of Akwa-Ibom, where its officials were abducted and forced to compromise the processes.

The commission disclosed this in a statement issued by Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC) on Tuesday in Abuja.
Okoye said that the commission had deployed a high-powered team to the state to coordinate the regeneration of results and conclusion of collation, declaration and announcement of final results of the rerun election in Oru East/Orsu/Orlu Federal Constituency.

He said INEC took the decision on Tuesday after reviewing Saturday’s re-run election in 28 Constituencies, in 11 states.

Okoye said that INEC noted a marked improvement in compliance with its processes and procedures during the election, and commended voters, security agents, the media and election staff for their praiseworthy conduct.

He, however, said that regrettably, deviant behaviour by a few persons determined to subvert the people’s will was noticed in a few areas in the course of the election.

Okoye disclosed that in Isa LGA of Sokoto State, the activities of bandits prevented INEC from operation in a few polling units, but the Commission successfully conducted election and declared results

Okoye said that in the case of Oru East/Orsu/Orlu Federal Constituency of Imo, the election was conducted peacefully in the 18 polling units as ordered by the court.

Okoye said that accordingly, the Commission had deployed a high-powered team consisting of National Commissioners, Resident Electoral Commissioners and Senior Staff of the Commission to Imo. Dailypost

Friday, August 23, 2019


INEC fomer Chiaman Iwu says his ordeal with EFCC started during presidential election

A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Maurice Iwu, has said his ordeal with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission started on February 23 during the presidential election.
Iwu said the operatives of the anti-graft agency prevented him from voting that day by seizing his passport.

The ex-INEC boss who made the claims in a statement he personally signed on Thursday said he hoped to triumph at the end of his prosecution.

 The statement read, “The journey I have found myself on began brewing on February 23, 2019 when I was deprived of my civic duty of voting in the presidential election as a result of the EFCC investigations. From the seizure of my international passport that February till this recent ordeal with actual charges and detention, God’s goodness has remained manifest as I recite Te Deum in thanksgiving.

 “I want to thank Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora for their enormous show of concern, support and the spiritual discipline (for not crucifying me before my day in the court of law). My gratitude goes to Ndi Igbo, umu Imo, Okigwe indigenes (both at home and abroad), and clerics from various denominations, especially of the Catholic faith, which I belong to. The support was not just in words of encouragement but more in actions of prayers; for in it all, the glory of God was made manifest. Though I ask the same question Ps. 4:2a stated, “How long, oh men will you turn my glory into shame?’

 “Whenever persecution comes my way, I become more aware that God does not forsake His own indeed, and I’m encouraged by Ps. 34:19  ‘Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all’.”

He added, “For despite the challenges, I bow in honour and humility the grace God has offered and continued to afford me and my family.

He urged Nigerians to be patient, saying the trial would give him the opportunity to tell his side of the story. (Punch)

Thursday, June 13, 2019


INEC vows to appeal judgment that forced it to issuance Certificate of Return to Okorocha

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will appeal the judgment directing it to issue a Certificate of Return to former Governor of Imo, Rochas Okorocha. Okorocha received his certificate of return as winner of Imo West Senatorial District election held Feb. 23.

INEC made the disclosure in a statement issued by Mr Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC on Tuesday in Abuja. He said the commission issued the certificate to Okorocha in compliance with an Abuja Federal High Court that directed it to do so.

Okoye said the issuance of the certificate to Okorocha once again demonstrated its commitment to obeying court judgment, including those it might have reservations. He said that the decision was reached on Tuesday after the commission met and considered 14 Memoranda involving judgments and orders in pre-election matters relating to the issuance of certificates and or withdrawal of certificates already issued in pre-election matters.

“Amongst the memoranda considered, is the one concerning the judgment on the Imo West Senatorial district by the Federal High Court in Abuja.
“The Commission decided to comply with the court judgment by issuing a certificate of return to the plaintiff, Rochas Okorocha in compliance with the judgment and Orders of Hon. Justice Okon Abang. “It will also appeal against the said judgment.”

Okoye said that in arriving at the decision, the commission also took into consideration, the orders issued by two High Courts in Owerri Judicial Division. He said the orders were issued in suits No. HOW/ 596/2019 issued on May 23, 2019 and another dated the June 11, 2019 issued in suit No. HOW/663/2019 restraining the commission from issuing certificate of return in respect of the said senatorial district.

The national commissioner said that INEC noted that both were interim orders issued ex parte and not final orders of court. Okoye said that in obeying the judgment, the commission was demonstrating, once again, its longstanding commitment of complying with all orders of court, including those with which it may have reservations.

“However, the commission must put on record its very profound concerns about the likely consequences of this judgment for our electoral process in particular and our democracy in general.
“Obviously, persons who seek elective offices can perceive in this judgment an irrelevance of due process and acting within the law.
“It is not far-fetched that some of them can in future disregard laid down processes, including voting, arm themselves and mobilise thugs and compel Returning Officers to declare them elected, irrespective of the true outcomes of elections.

“Moreover, it may become increasingly difficult for the commission to convince its officials that they are safe to carry out their legitimate functions without fear of being harassed, held to ransom or visited with bodily harm,” he said.

Okoye restated INEC’s commitment to due process and obedience to the Rule of Law in its dealings with all parties and candidates. “We assure Nigerians that we will not waiver in our determination to enthrone a credible electoral process in Nigeria.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that INEC had earlier issued certificate of return to Okorocha around 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Okorocha, who commended INEC for issuing him the certificate, said that he saw it as God’s time. Okorocha commended the judiciary for doing the needful and for being there at the needed time as well as serve as the last resort for the common citizens or anybody that felt oppressed.

“I also want to thank INEC for taking this bold step against all odds by issuing my certificate of return, which goes a long way to confirming that the allegation of duress was unfounded by a delay tactic by my detractors to slow down the process.
“I believe this is God’s time and I take it as God’s time. I am happy that finally the matter is resolved,” Okorocha said. (Daily Trust/NAN)

Atiku, PDP seek tribunal’s permission to inspect INEC’s server

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) yesterday fixed tomorrow for hearing of an application by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, for permission to inspect the server with which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) allegedly transmit the election results electronically.

In their petition before the tribunal, the PDP and Atiku are claiming that they won the February 23 presidential election as per the results fed into INEC’s server, a claim the electoral umpire has consistently faulted.

Tribunal’s Chairman, Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba, said the PEPT will also, tomorrow, hear the petitioners’ other application for extension of time to regularise one of their processes.
At yesterday’s sitting, the tribunal heard about 11 applications filed by the respondents; four by the 1st respondent (INEC), three by the second respondent (President Muhammadu Buhari) and three by the third respondent – the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The first INEC’s application moved by its lawyer, Yunus Usman (SAN), was that seeking the dismissal of the petition for being defective, the petitioners have failed to include the Vice President, Yemi Osinbjo as a party.
Usman argued that since the ticket is a joint one, with Osinbajo not immune to whatever the outcome of the petitions would be, it was wrong for the petitioners not to have included him as a party.
The second application prayed the court to strike out some portions of the petition for being defective.
Usman also moved the third application filed on April 24, in which he prayed the tribunal to among others, strike out the petitioners’ reply to INEC’s reply to the petition.
He, however, withdrew the fourth one, which he said was filed in error.
Lawyer to the petitioners, Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), adopted the counter affidavits and other processes he filed in opposition to the three applications by INEC.

Uzoukwu prayed the court to dismiss the applications for being incompetent.
Lawyer to the 2nd respondent, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), moved there applications he filed for his client, and prayed the court to grant his prayers.

The first application moved by Olanipekun was the one in which the 2nd respondent prayed the court for leave to amend his response to the petition by including the lawyer’s address for service.
The second application is praying the tribunal to among others, strike out ordismiss the entire petition for being incurably defective and vesting no jurisdiction on the court.

In the alternative, the application seeks the striking out of some itemised paragraphs of the petition.
The third petition moved by Olanipekun prayed the tribunal to strike out 18 paragraphs of the petitioners’ reply to the 2nd respondent’s reply.
Uzoukwu identified and moved the processes he filed against the applications earlier argued by Olanipekun and urged the tribunal to reject them.

Lawyer to the 3rd respondent (APC), Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) also moved three applications.
Fagbemi withdrew the first one filed on May 14, in which he sought the striking out of some paragraphs of the petition, following which the tribunal struck it out.
Moving the second application filed on May 15, Fagbemi noted that the petitioners did not file any counter-affidavit against the application. He urged the tribunal to hold that his application was not opposed.

Responding, Uzoukwu said his client chose to file a preliminary objection to query the competence of the application, which he argued, was similar to the one Fagbemi withdrew.
Ruling, Justice Garba noted that the 3rd respondent’s application filed on May 15 was served on the petitioners, to which they filed a preliminary objection on May 20.

The tribunal chairman said it was the choice of the petitioners not to also file a counter to the application, and noted that the time for them to do so has passed.
He pointed out that, while his application was filed on May 15 but that the counter-affidavit filed by the petitioners is dated April 24, 2019.

“There is no application with that date that we filed. We assumed that there is no counter affidavit to our application,” he said.
But, shortly after, Akin Olujinmi (SAN), who took over when Fagbemi stepped out briefly, noted that the same error in date, which Uzoukwu alter with the permission of the tribunal, was also repeated in the body of the application.

At that point, Justice Garba said what the tribunal allowed Uzoukwu to amend as the heading of his counter-affidavit, and nothing more.
Justice Garba said rulings would be delivered in all the applications heard at dates to be communicated to lawyers in the case.
He adjourned the petitioners’ applications for the hearing till tomorrow. (The Nation)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


Election: INEC declares Benue governorship election inconclusive

The PDP candidate, Samuel Ortom 

INEC declares Benue governorship election inconclusive
The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the governorship election in Benue State inconclusive.
The Returning Officer, Professor Sabastine Maimako made the announcement on Monday.
He said the election was inconclusive due to the gap between the cancelled votes of 121,019 as against the winning margin between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) which is 81,554.

The presidential and national assembly elections ended 10-0 – Lai Mohammed
The PDP candidate, Samuel Ortom polled 410,576 votes while the APC candidate Emmanuel Jime polled 329,022 votes.
PDP leads with 81,554 votes but the number of cancelled votes is 121,019 which prompted the Returning Officer to declare the election inconclusive. Channels TV

Thursday, February 28, 2019


INEC presents Certificate of Returns to Buhari, Osinbajo

INEC presents Certificate of Returns to Buhari, Osinbajo
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has presented President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo their Certificates of Return.
The certificates were issued to them at the International Conference Center, ICC, in Abuja by the Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had on Wednesday morning declared the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election.
Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu made the declaration on Wednesday morning at the ICC Collation centre in Abuja.
This follows the official announcement of results from 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by the commission.
Buhari polled a total of 15,191,847 votes, compared to the 11,262,978 votes recorded by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
While Atiku had gained more votes, winning the incumbent President with wide margins in States in the South East and South-South, Buhari gathered insurmountable strength in the North.
A total of 73 presidential candidates participated in the election which held on Saturday. Dailypost

Wednesday, February 27, 2019


NEWS: INEC declares Buhari winner of Saturday Presidential election

NEWS: INEC declares Buhari winner of Saturday Presidential election

Details of how he beat Atiku, 71 others

President Muhammadu Buhari was on Wednesday declared winner of Saturday’s presidential elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Returning Officer for the 2019 presidential elections, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the declaration at 4.37am.
Incumbent President Buhari of the All Progressives Party (APC) polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat the country’s former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who had 11,262,978 votes.
Making the declaration, Yakubu said: “That Muhammadu Buhari, having scored the highest number of votes and satisfied the provision of the electoral act is hereby declared the winner of the presidential election.’’
He announced that certificate of return will be issued to the President-elect and Vice President-elect by 2 pm on Wednesday.
Yakubu the parties and their number of votes as follows:
     A 19209
    AA 14380
    AAC 33,953
    AAP 8902
    ABP 4523
    ACD 11,325
    ACPN 7223
    ABC 97874
    ABP 54930
    AGA 4689
    AGAP 3071
    ANDP 3104
    ANN 16779
    ANP 3586
    ANRP 4340
    APA 36866
    APC 15,191,847
    APDA 26558
    APGA 66851
    APM 26039
    APP 3585
    ASD 2146
    AUN 1092
    BNPP 1649
    CAP 1111
    CC 2391
    CNP 1874
    DA 2769
    DPC 5242
    DPP 14483
    FRESH 4554
    FJP 4174
    GDPN 41852
    GPN 4924
    HDP 1663
    ID 1845
    JMPP 1853
    JP 1911
    LM 1438
    LP 5074
    MAJA 2651
    MMN 14540
    MPN 2752
    NAC 2279
    NCMP 1378
    NCP 3799
    NDCP 1192
    NDLP 1588
    NEPP 1524
    NFD 4096
    NIP 2248
    NNPP 6111
    NPC 10081
    NRM 6229
    NUP 5323
    PCP 110196
    PDP 11,262,978
    PPA 21822
    PPC 8979
    PPN 4622
    PT 2613
    RAP 2972
    RBNP 1792
    RP 2388
    SDP 34746
    SNC 28680
    SNP 3941
    UDP 3170
    UP 1561
    UPN 1631
    WTPN 732
    YES 2394
    YPP 21886.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019


Supporters of Buhari, Atiku should refrain from violence ahead of announcement of winner by INEC – US

President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

Supporters of Buhari, Atiku should refrain from violence ahead of announcement of winner by INEC – US  
 The United States has called for calm as the nation awaits the winner of Nigeria’s presidential election.
The main contenders are incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Already, some states have released their official results. Figures show that it was keenly contested.
In a statement made available to DAILY POST by the US Embassy in Nigeria, Ambassador W. Stuart Symington, he congratulated the tens of millions of Nigerians who stood patiently in long lines to vote this week and the hundreds of thousands who worked together with INEC to conduct the elections.
He said: “As noted by many observer groups in their preliminary reports, this election was predominantly peaceful, and it was proof of the Nigerian people’s resolute commitment to choose their leaders.
“The peaceful achievement of millions was shadowed by the violence of a few. We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives, and we urge all candidates to honor the Peace Accord they signed.
“All should convince those who support them to refrain from using force or violence to interfere with INEC. No one should break the law by announcing results before INEC does, or break the peace by claiming victory before the results are final.
“Everyone has a common interest in showing patience as INEC collates and announces the election results.” Dailypost

INEC announces Buhari as winner of Nasarawa state

President Buhari campaign 

INEC announces Buhari as winner of Nasarawa state 
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of Saturday’s presidential election in Nasarawa State.
Prof. Azubuike Nwankwo, the Presidential Election Returning Officer for the state read out the results polled by various political parties at the end of collation at about 11 a.m.
According to him, Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 289, 903 votes to defeat the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who scored 283,847 votes.
The result showed that Buhari won in eight out of the 13 local government areas of the state with Atiku winning in five.
Nwankwo said that 613,720 voters were accredited, while the total votes cast at presidential election in the state stood at 599,399.
He said that the total number of valid votes was 580,778, while 18,621 votes were rejected. Dailypost 

INEC cancels over 31, 000 votes in PDP stronghold

INEC Polling units

INEC cancels over 31, 000 votes in PDP stronghold
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has cancelled over 31, 000 votes cast in Tudun Wada/Kabong ward of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, claiming illegibility.
DAILY POST gathered that the announcement of the cancellation has led to serious tension in Jos City, especially the affected ward.
The rejection was announced by the Collation Officer of the LGA, Dr. Augustine Azi, while announcing the results of the LGA at the INEC Collation Centre in Jos the State Capital.
According to the results submitted on Monday, the APC scored 93,800 votes, while the PDP pulled 53,277.
However, the PDP Agent, Samuel Umar, said they were deceived into signing the results without properly entering them at the Local Government collation centre.
The Collation Officer for the LGA reportedly assured them of rectifying all issues connected to the results before finally submitting them.
Also, journalists who were at the Local Government Collation equally confirmed that the LGA Collation Officer assured of harmonizing the results before submission.
On the contrary, Azi (the LGA Collation Officer), claimed that he only assured of seeking clarification on the issues at the State Collation Centre.
Responding, the State Presidential Returning Officer, Prof. Richard Anande condemned the action.
“That is wrong,” he said, but however maintained that his job was only to receive results and not entertain complaints.
It would be recalled that a similar scenario played out in 2015 general elections, but no public reaction was recorded. Dailypost 


INEC announces winner of Gombe

INEC Chairman 

INEC announces winner of Gombe 
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has been declared winner of the presidential election in Gombe.
The result announced by the State Returning Officer, Prof. Kyari M, the candidate of the APC, President Muhammadu Buhari, got 402,961 while his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, polled 138,484 votes.
Total No: Reg Voters: 1,385,191
Total No: of Accredited: 604,240
Total Votes Cast: 580,649
Total Valid Votes: 554,203
Rejected Votes: 26,446
See result:
AAC: 165
ADC: 248
ADP: 135
APC: 402,961
PDP: 138,484
SDP: 248

Saturday, February 23, 2019


INEC explains why some polling units are not opened

INEC explains why some polling units are not opened
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained that the reason behind the non-operation of some polling units are due to vehicular movement challenges which are under prompt control.
This is in reaction to complaints by Nigerians across the country over the non-appearance of ad hoc staff and officials at polling units as at 9 am.
Festus Okoye, Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, said most polling units were yet to be set up for the 2019 presidential election because of vehicular movement of officials and ad hoc staff.
He, however, appealed to Nigerians to exercise patience as the situation is under control and would be resolved immediately from the situation room.
Okoye, speaking on Channels TV, said: “Most polling units not open is as a result of a vehicular movement which we are sorting out at the Situation Room. The instruction given to the supervisors and monitors is that all ad-hoc staff must be at their post at 7 am but because of the interest in this election, some arrived at 5 am.
“In few places in Lagos where polling units were not set up on time, they had challenges with voters giving way to them to set up. We are not happy about that because INEC made sure this was addressed before time.
“So long as the polling units open eventually, everybody is entitled to vote.
“We have close to 57000 voting points, definitely there would be hiccups but I assure that we are going to address these challenges soon. I also appeal to our people to please be entitled to their choice. Nobody is permitted to compel anyone to vote at polling units.”

Thursday, February 21, 2019


Politics: SAN laments appointment of Muslims as the head of INEC, calls it a plot to rig election

SAN laments appointment of Muslims as the head of INEC, calls it a plot to rig election
Senior Advocate of Nigeria and elder statesman, Professor Ben Nwabueze has lamented the appointment of Muslims as the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), by President Muhammadu Buhari.
This was stated by the legal icon when he stated that Buhari started preparing ground to manipulate the 2019 election when he replaced Amina Zakari with Mahmood Yakubu as INEC Chairman, who are both Northerners.
In a statement he issued yesterday, the elder statesman lamented that Buhari was contented in installing a Northerner as INEC Chairman.
The statement reads partly: “The Commission is constituted and designated as an agency, not of the Executive, but of the National Assembly, to which it is made accountable and must report its activities and the performance of its functions at least once a year, which implies that its members owe their tenure of office to the Assembly.
“By the express injunction of the Constitution, “no person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of the Commission”. The members too are expressly enjoined to be impartial and to “exercise their powers and perform their functions without fear, favour or prejudice.
“After nearly four years in office, President Buhari has shown no consciousness or concern about the cruciality of the matter, not to talk of taking any action to address it. He is content to install as Chairman of INEC on 21 October, 2015, a fellow Muslim from Bauchi State in the far North, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, an outstanding historian and intellectual, replacing Amina Zakari, a lady and a Muslim northerner, whose appointment as acting chairman generated so much controversy.
“By these appointments, President Buhari is seen as preparing the ground for manipulating the 2019 election. In this connection, it may be recalled that Amina Zakari succeeded Professor Attahiru Jega, another Muslim northerner.”

Saturday, February 16, 2019


INEC had 4 years to plan for this election, why is this country dysfunctional? – Nigerians react as elections gets ne date

INEC had 4 years to plan for this election, why is this country dysfunctional? – Nigerians react as elections gets ne date
Nigerians on Social Media have reacted to the postponement of the Saturday’s presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
DAILY POST had reported that INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, while addressing reporters at the press centre of the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s Capital said that the polls would not go on as planned due to some challenges encountered by the commission.
He explained that the decision to postpone the polls followed a careful review of the implementation of the logistics and operational plans put in place for the exercise.
But reacting Nigerians expressed disappointment over the development.
Here are comments DAILY POST gathered on Twitter:
@Ogbenidipo, “INEC had 4 years to plan for this election. Why is Nigeria so dysfunctional.
@Amandayt, “People travelled for 5 hours to go vote. Some travelled for longer hours and the election is postponed? O Lord, Nigeria needs deliverance.”
@Cj_xclusive, “This is simply an attempt to hinder a free and fair electoral process. Why did #INEC wait until a few hours to the election before the announcement. Seems like somebody is influencing them.”
@SavageNaija1, “INEC had four years to plan for this election. This is unacceptable!!!Why are we so incompetent in Nigeria. This is a big shame to us as a country in the eyes of the international community.”
@Funmi oyatogun, “You can love Nigeria, fight for it, work excruciatingly hard to solve a problem. But, when you are tired of it all, do not be afraid to choose sanity. When you have a wayward child who has sworn to destroy you, do not be afraid to disown it.”
@Ojinaco, “PDP is Ready for the Election, but Buhari, APC, in Collaboration with INEC, wants Elections Postponed. What a Failed APC govt.”
@Andymadaki, “Last time we blamed Presidency. I blame Presidency for putting the election budget in the supplementary budget. This time I also blame Presidency for being “unaware” as usual.I blame NASS for delaying the passing of the budget. I blame INEC for being such a mess with this.”
@Osi_suave, “The corp members who are sleeping in the open are the ones i feel for.Can adequate arrangements be made for their welfare and safety now pls. At least a place for them to sleep.”
@Jephphillips, “Prof Mahmoud should tender his resignation after this speech.Nonsense.”
@peebat, “The reality has dawn: am disappointed , this is gross incompetence by INEC. I knew something may happen when I saw heaps of election materials in INEC office on TV as at 5.00pm.”
@thekennydisu, “INEC postpones elections less than 4hours to kickoff. Let’s remember INEC had 4years to prepare and had over #200billion to ensure smooth elections. #NigeriaDecides2019.”
@Franklin Aggie, “The fact that the FG and INEC had 4 years to prepare for this election yet they waited till the day of the election to announce a postponement is a national embarrassment. Everything Buhari accused GEJ of, he has done worse. So much for ‘change’.”
@emmanuelderek, “A very good platform to rig the election has been created @inecnigeria
I travelled from Owerri to Lagos just to vote only to hear postponement at the last minute… Took days off work for it.. You can eat my PVC now INEC.”
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