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Election: 3 Policemen Feared Dead As Boat Capsizes In Bayelsa

Three policemen on bye-election duty have reportedly drowned in Bayelsa State.

They were said to have drowned on their way to the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa Central senatorial district after the speedboat in which they were travelling reportedly capsized.

The incident was said to have occurred on the eve of the Saturday senatorial bye-elections in Bayelsa Central and West.

The deceased cops were being conveyed to their place of primary assignment when the incident took place.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the accident to the Punch.

“The boat capsized on their way to Oporoma, headquarters of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area,” he said.

Butswat, however, said the number of casualties had yet to be ascertained. Saharareporters

IGP’s explanation confirmed security agents connived with thugs to rig election

The Senator Douye Diri Campaign Organisation has faulted the claim by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, that the violence that marred last Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State was caused by people he described as fake policemen.

The Director of Media and Publicity of the organization, Dr. Jonathan Obuebite, said in a statement on Wednesday that the IGP’s statement only reinforced the position of the party that security agencies connived with thugs of the All Progressives Congress APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission to rig the election in favour of the APC.

Obuebite stated that it was inconceivable for the police authorities to claim that fake policemen perpetrated the shocking subversion of the will of the Bayelsa people in the charade called governorship election in Bayelsa.

The campaign organisation spokesman wondered how fake policemen would overpower the over 32,000 genuine policemen who were deployed to provide security in the election.

Obuebite stated that it was inconceivable for the police authorities to claim that fake policemen perpetrated the shocking subversion of the will of the Bayelsa people in the charade called governorship election in Bayelsa.

Obuebite said that while it is distressing for the police to attribute the electoral violence in Bayelsa to fake policemen, it was a confirmation of the PDP’s earlier claim that security agencies, especially the Army, colluded with the electoral body and thugs of the APC to rig the election.

He said that the Police explanation was as incredible as it is untenable, as it did not explain why the original police did not arrest those fake policemen.

He also wondered how the so called fake policemen carried out arrests and took their victims to police stations. Thenationonlineng

I knew PDP would lose election in 2015 – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has disclosed that he knew from time that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would lose the 2015 presidential election and the party would need to rebuild itself to be able to regain its lost glory.

Obasanjo noted that, many of the PDP leaders who left the party after it lost the 2019 presidential election were still preoccupied with what get to “their pockets and stomach.”

The former president made this known on Sunday evening, when the Southwest PDP leaders led by the party’s National Vice Chairman (South West), Dr Eddy Olafeso, visited him at his Pent-House Residence within the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun State.

In attendance at the meeting were Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi, Senators-elect, Oyo South, Kola Balogun, Ondo Central, Ayo Akinyelure, Rep-elect (Ibarapa North and Central), Hon Ajibola Muraina, former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former Minister for State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada and PDP gubernatorial candidate in Ekiti State 2018 election, Prof Olusola Eleka.

Obasanjo said: “I knew PDP would lose election in 2015 because it was clear. And I knew PDP will need to be rebuilt after losing the election.

“PDP leadership should purge itself of bad eggs and hypocrites who lack commitment to return the opposition party to its lost glory.

“Wondering why some of them left the party while others lost hope the seconds the results of 2019 Presidential election were announced, many are still preoccupied with what gets to their stomach.

“The purging exercise would put the party on a higher pedestal to scout for those he called “critical mass of committed people,” who “would be ready to stand with the party come rain, come shine.

“You need what I call critical mass of committed people, and come rain, come shine they are committed. With that, you can make Nigeria better.

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“You see peoples’ faces beautiful but you don’t know what each person harbours inside of him. If you discover a bad egg, remove such a person. And if such person has learnt his or her lessons there can still be room to accommodate the person.
“Politically speaking, you can’t be my friend if you don’t buy into the Nigeria’s project. For me, till death, I will continue to push for a better Nigeria.

“I said if you compare the two of them (referring to Atiku and Buhari); with what I know and all I have written about the incumbent which they have decided to cover up, Atiku is better than the incumbent by far. That’s the point I am making. And nobody is perfect.

“I am not a perfect person. I have my shortcomings. If I deny my shortcomings, it means I am not being truthful to myself. But, my shortcomings have nothing to do with my love for Nigeria. It has nothing to do with being greedy or selfishness.”


News: EU commend Nigerians, civil society organisations for transparency in election process

The European Union Elections Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Nigeria

EU commend Nigerians, civil society organisations for transparency in election process
The European Union Elections Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Nigeria have expressed satisfaction over the role the civil society organisations played in the successful conduct of Saturdays presidential election and have also commended Nigerians for their efforts in enhancing the transparency and accountability of the electoral process.
Ms Maria Arena, the mission’s Chief Observer, made the commendation at the presentation of the mission’s preliminary report on Monday in Abuja.
Arena said that in spite of the fact that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) operated in a difficult environment, there was significant improvement since 2015.
“The civil society organisations played a vital role in enhancing transparency and accountability of the electoral process.
“Going forward, there is a great need for more transparency and communication during the whole process, with political parties, civil society organisations, the media and most importantly citizens playing significant roles.
“The elections were marked by operational shortcomings resulting in delays, but positively, there were a number of improvements since 2015,’’ she said.
Arena said that the elections were competitive, while the candidates campaigned freely and voters’ turnout was impressive in spite of the last minute postponement of the elections.
“The last-minute postponement of the elections and the delayed to start voting on Feb. 23 placed an unfriendly burden on voters.
“However, campaigns were free throughout the campaign process and voters seemed to overcome logistic burdens from the postponement,” the observer said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on the Election Day, 91 EU observers witnessed the opening, voting and closing processes in 261 polling units.
Also, they witnessed the collation of results in 94 centres across 31 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

I heard EFCC are coming to ransack my house for Atiku election money, I’ll be waiting for them - Fayose

I heard EFCC are coming to ransack my house for Atiku election money, I’ll be waiting for them - Fayose
Former Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, has said that he is aware that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is targeting himself as well as some People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members ahead of the general elections.
He stated that the agency was after him and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar over “election money”.
Fayose said this via his Twitter account Thursday night.
The tweet reads: “Just heard that some officials of @officialEFCC are in Ekiti to invade my residence in Afao Ekiti early morning tomorrow.
“They are coming to search my house for @atiku election money. @officialEFCC, I’m here and waiting.”
President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will slug it out with Atiku on Saturday.
Earlier, the ruling party raised alarm of cash for votes in circulation.
The party claimed the PDP had ordered distribution of money across the country.
A statement by National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said: ‘We caution Nigerians and all involved in the electoral process not to be influenced by huge money the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is moving around to buy votes and compromise the system.
“Our future should not be mortgaged to the leaders of PDP who are using our commonwealth they stole over 16 years to seek a return to power.”

We’ll accept defeat if the outcome of this election is free and fair. – APC

We’ll accept defeat if the outcome of this election is free and fair. – APC 
The All Progressive Congress (APC) has given the condition for President Muhammadu Buhari to accept defeated in the presidential election, only if the outcome of the election is free and fair and the winner is declared credible.
The Deputy Director-General, campaign council of APC, Waziri Bulama, said this when he addressed newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.
Bulama, however, made it clear that it was impossible for the party to lose the election.
“The outcome of this election, if free, fair and credible would be accepted by President Muhammad Buhari and by the party,” the deputy DG said.
“If we win, which is very, very likely we will congratulate Nigerians for having participated in a free, fair and peaceful election.
“That is number one. Number two, we are not even going to celebrate or over celebrate because an election success of President Muhammadu Buhari is another burden on him and this man would want to do more than he has done.
“So, we will humbly thank Nigerians for given us their votes for another four years to build on what we have done.
“But in the event Nigerians decided, in a free, fair and credible election to give their votes to another person, President Muhammadu Buhari will still thank Nigerians and will call the person that eventually won the election and congratulate him,” he said.

Election: Atiku begs Aisha Yesufu to join the Articulate team as she dumped Buhari

Atiku begs Aisha Yesufu to join the Articulate team as she dumped Buhari
Following the announcement of the co-convener of the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG), advocacy group, Aisha Yusufu that she has withdrew her support for President Muhammadu Buhari, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate; Atiku Abubakar has called on her to support him in the Saturday poll.
Aisha disclosed that she voted and gave 100 per cent support to President Buhari in 2015 but had to abandon him in 2016.
President Muhammadu Buhari is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the Saturday’s presidential election.
According to her, she felt disappointed when she saw a ruthless coldness and disdain from the President for grieving parents of missing Chibok Girls.
She said this led to the decision to withdraw her support for Buhari.
Aisha tweeted, “I voted for GMB in 2015. I gave him my 100% support after postponement of elections.
“On 14th January 2016 in a meeting with #ChibokParents I saw a ruthless coldness and disdain from him for parents grieving for their daughters and I decided.”
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has revealed what he would be doing on Saturday.
Atiku called on Nigerians to join him as he casts his votes on Saturday.
He tweeted, “I will be voting on Saturday, the 23rd of February 2019, and I call on you to please join me.”

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.”

Ent: Daddy Freeze calls Apostle Suleman election postponementprophecy a guess work not a Prophecy

Daddy Freeze calls Apostle Suleman election postponementprophecy a guess work not a Prophecy 
Controversial Cool FM’s On Air Personality (OAP), Daddy Freeze, has once again tagged what Pastor Johnson Suleman said about the postponement of the February 16th election as a mere guess work.
This is following what Pastor Suleman said during a crusade in Anambra State earlier in the year, where he had predicted that the 2019 polls would be postponed.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shifted the elections’ date at the weekend, citing logistic reasons.
But Freeze believes that every Nigerian knew that INEC could come up at any point and change date for the elections.
Freeze, who is popular with his attacks on senior pastors in the country, said that the postponement of elections shouldn’t be counted as a fulfilled prophecy in Nigeria because it happens every election year.
He described the prophesy as a guesswork.
He wrote on Twitter, “OMG Sule is a genuine prophet.
“He saw the elections moving if we don’t pray, but come, they prayed now didn’t they?
“Most Nigerians knew this election, like those of previous years would be postponed, this is guesswork in my opinion, NOT A PROPHECY!”

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.”

Reactions trail election postponement, celebrities, Atiku’s son react

Reactions trail election postponement, celebrities, Atiku’s son react
Following the sudden postponement of the February 16th presidential elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), some Nigerian celebrities have shared their diverse opinions on the postponement.
This is shortly after the address of a press conference in the early hours of Saturday in Abuja, by the INEC Chairman; Mahmood Yakubu who noted that the presidential election was shifted to February 23 while the governorship was rescheduled for March 9.
Yakubu explained that the shift was due to problems of logistics.
Reacting, Nollywood actress, Uche Jombo Rodriquez described INEC’s decision as disappointing.
In a tweet, she wrote: “Uche Jombo Rodriguez This is very disappointing @inecnigeria International observers are in Nigeria, youth corpers assigned to you are sleeping on floor ,people travelled to vote, budget spent, Its been 4years in the making yet you waited till today.. election day to postpone it. Come 23rd February #NigeriaDecides2019
“Make no mistake, this is a very important election, people please don’t let today shift your focus. Your vote is your right.”
A-list Nigerian Disk Jokey, DJ Spinal also lamented over the postponement of the elections.
“You had 4 years to plan an election but decide to postpone a day to election. Are you guys even serious at all @inecnigeria! Smh,” he posted on his verified Twitter handle.
Similarly, son of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Aliyu wondered if INEC was truly independent.
He tweeted: “Expecting Adams Oshiomole to release a statement accusing INEC of working for PDP in a few hours!
“INEC is truly independent indeed!?”

Politics: I said it that presidentcy cabal would postpone the election because they knew they can’t win – Fayose

I said it that presidentcy cabal would postpone the election because they knew they can’t win – Fayose 
Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has disclosed that his tip off about the plan of the presidency cabal to postpone the elections in order to rig the election has finally come to reality.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday in Abuja, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu said the presidential election was shifted to February 23 while the governorship was rescheduled for March 9.
Yakubu explained that the shift was due to problems of logistics.
Reacting, Fayose claimed the shift was because cabal in the presidency knew President Muhammadu Buhari will lose the election.
In a tweet, Fayose, however, warned that the cabal has succeeded in making their matter worse.
He tweeted: “Two days ago, I told Nigerians that the Presidency cabal were considering postponement of the elections because they knew that they can’t win.
“Now I’m vindicated. With this, they have only succeeded in making their situation worse. Nigerians will defeat this tyranny ultimately.”

Politics: Buhari govt warns PDP ahead of Saturday’s election

Buhari govt warns PDP ahead of Saturday’s election
The Federal Government, on Thursday warned the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against its alleged move to create anarchy during the general elections, starting from Saturday.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said PDP was plotting to create anarchy knowing that it can’t win the Saturday’s election.
Addressing journalists in Ilorin, Kwara State, the Minister, however, warned of “dire consequences” should PDP go ahead to create anarchy through the use of its Parallel Voting Tabulation (PVT) System.
Mohammed said the launch of the parallel electoral body under the guise of PVT was part of PDP’s desperate move to return to power at all cost.
Mohammed also warned PDP against using PVT to usurp the constitutional duties of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, during the elections.
He said: “With less than 48 hours to the 2019 general elections, we have found it absolutely necessary to call national and international attention to the latest attempt by the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to create a state of anarchy in Nigeria, having realized that they couldn’t possibly win a free, fair and peaceful polls.
“This is in line with the warning we have been issuing all along,that the PDP, jittery at the fate that is about to befall it and desperate to grab power at all costs, will seek to scuttle the elections, failing which it will work to discredit the results.
“The latest manifestation of this desperation was revealed at a press conference by the PDP on Wednesday, during which the party said it would set up a parallel electoral body, under the tag of Parallel Voting Tabulation (PVT) System. The PDP said clearly that PVT is a tool that will determine whether or not it accepts the results of the elections.
“Now, this is anarchy. Yes, it is standard practice for political parties to have their own monitoring systems during elections. What is not standard is to set up a pseudo electoral commission and imbue it with the power to collate and announce results. That’s precisely what the PDP is doing under the guise of PVT. And this is totally unacceptable.
“Whereas the PDP’s presidential candidate says his ambition is not worth the life of any Nigerian, his party has been doing everything possible to instigate anarchy and in turn put the lives of Nigerians in danger.
“The PDP has been building up to this crescendo all along. The party has consistently attacked the two institutions that are pivotal to the elections: the INEC and the police. The strategy is aimed at eroding the credibility of the two key institutions as a prelude to discrediting the elections. We warned about this, and we have now been vindicated.
“At this stage, we believe that INEC is the only body that has the statutory role of collating and announcing the results of national elections. Any attempt by any individual or organization to usurp this role is a recipe for chaos.
“We are therefore using this occasion to warn the PDP that there will be dire consequences, should it proceed with its plan to usurp the role of INEC. We call on the security agencies to ensure the sanctity of the polls by providing a safe and secure environment for Nigerians to cast their votes. We also appeal to Nigerians to feel free to exercise their franchise without fear.
“We also wish to alert the international community to the evil plans by the PDP, which has been threatening fire and brimstone if its candidate fails to win on Saturday. Dailypost

Ent: Avoid provocation this election – Funke Akindele warns Nigerian

Avoid provocation this election – Funke Akindele warns Nigerian
Popular Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele has warned Nigerians to be weary of provoking others and also refuse to be provoked as that seem to be the major cause of election violence in Nigeria.
The actress disclosed this in a post on her Instagram page on Tuesday.
The mother of twin boys wrote: “Provocation is the cause of major violence in elections in Nigeria. Don’t be provoked. Avoid provoking others.
“Respect everyone. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Let’s make 2019 elections safe, secure and credible.”
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