APC clears LG polls across Nasarawa

By NewsDesk,

The Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) has declared All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate as winners of yesterday  local government election across the state, the election of which was held among three parties including APC, Social Democratic Party (SDP), and Advanced Democratic Party (ADP)

It said that three political parties including APC, SDP and ADP fielded candidates for the chairmanship election across the 13 local government areas, while 21 political parties contested for the 147 councillorship positions in the state, with the APC winning all.

The Chairman, INEC, Henry Omaku, who announced the results of the polls on Sunday at the commission’s headquarters in Lafia, said that the APC chairmanship candidate for Awe local government, Umar Abubakar polled 56, 598 votes to emerge winner, with Mr. Samuel Meshi emerging victorious for Akwanga local government having polled 50, 149 votes.

Others winners include: Mohammed Iyimoga for Obi local government polling 88, 019 votes, Idris Danlami for Nasarawa Eggon with 79, 789 votes and Mohammed Sani scoring 98, 515 votes to win chairmanship seat for Nasarawa local government area.

Also elected were: Aminu Maitafa for Lafia local government with 172, 717 votes, Saidu Kazi for Kokona with 69, 043 votes and Adamu Giza for Keana with 13, 658 votes garnered at the polls.

Abubakar Abass emerged victorious in Wamba local government with 27, 108 votes, Rabo Sani got 77, 003 votes to clinch the chairmanship for Doma, while Samuel Akala and Abdulrahman Sani polled 80, 934 and 14, 817 to emerge winners for Karu and Keffi local government areas respectively.

Omaku noted that although, the election witnessed low voters’ turnout, it was smooth an rancour-free.

He explained that the restriction of movement could not be implemented during the election because of the ongoing Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination. (UTME).

He thanked security operatives, political parties and observers for their contribution towards the peaceful conduct of the elections.

He advised political parties against boycotting subsequent elections in the state as doing so was capable of denying the people quality leadership at the local level.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that opposition parties in Nasarawa state including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) boycotted the May 26 election citing lack of confidence in the electoral body.

The opposition parties had alleged that the chairman of NASIEC, Mr Henry Omakwu is a card-carrying member of the APC, therefore, not qualified to head the commission.

My re-election bid is borne out of passion to serve Nigerians – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari, has claimed that his driving force for seeking public office was to serve people, improve lives and not for frivolity or personal ambition.

Buhari, through a a statement signed on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, maintained that the passion to serve and see real changes in the lives of Nigerians informed his choice to join partisan politics in the first place.

He informed that it was same zeal that inspired him to contest elections in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 andthat his decision to seek a second term in office was borne out of a deep passion to serve Nigerians, and not for personal gains.

He noted that his administration had already started the process of ensuring fairness, justice and equity, in spite of challenges, and would work hard to consolidate on the gains.

“I am not in politics for fun, frivolity or to amass wealth, I have always been driven by a deep sense of commitment to make a difference to lives of our people.

“After my retirement from the army, or forceful retirement, I sat back and watched as events unfolded on the political turf, and realised the country needed an intervention for fairness, justice and inclusion of Nigerians in the issues that affect their lives,’’ he added.

The President called for patience, maturity and orderliness as the 2019 elections’ calendar begins to unfold.

He urged political parties, candidates and the electorate to put the country first and always remember that “victory ultimately belongs to God.’’

He said: “After going to the court so many times to challenge results of elections in 2003, 2007 and 2011, and going up to the Supreme Court, I concluded that ultimately it is God who determines who will win elections, and in 2015 I got here.’’

In his remarks, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari said, the process of electing the leaders of the party at the ward level was hitch-free, orderly and based on the constitution of the APC.

“What we have here are our leaders that were chosen based on consensus and we are happy that it reflects the will of the people and the APC constitution.

“We followed the process to also ensure that there is affirmation,’’ he said.

The Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Ward Congress, who is also the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Ahmad Usman El-Marzuq urged the party leaders to remain loyal and live up to expectations

Abdulsalam sues for peace ahead 2019 general elections

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The Nigerian Former Head of State, Retired General, Abdulsalam Abubakar, has advised Nigerians and entire registered political parties to promote peace as the country prepares for 2019 general elections.

Abubakar, who advised a delegation of the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly (NLSA) who paid him a visit in his Abuja home on Saturday, said that peace was paramount, saying: “If there is no peace, there is no nation; if there is no peace, there won’t be any politicking.

“So, it is absolutely necessary for each and everyone of us to put hands on deck to ensure that there is peace in the country.

“All these senseless killings, senseless criminality that is going on won’t serve any purpose. Please, let’s join hands and make sure that we give peace a chance.’’

Abubakar said, that once citizens make peace, they can always solve their problems.

On his advice to government towards solving the problem of killings in the country, the former head of state told newsmen that everyone had a role to play in addressing the issue of insecurity.

“I wonder at people when they start asking these questions. You, I and every Nigerian have a role to play to bring peace to this country.

“Government is not only in the Villa, we are. Everybody being represented is part and parcel of this government.

“These criminals, are they Nigerians or they are foreigners? If they are foreigners, have we reported that they are coming into the country? Are we giving intelligence?

“And if they are Nigerians, are they not our brothers and sisters? Don’t we know them? Have we exposed them? So each and every one of us has a role to play.’’

Abdulsalami advised Nigerians to keep praying for God’s intervention and mercy on Nigeria for criminality to stop and for peace to reign.

The NLSA Chairman, Tanko Yakasai, revealed that the visit was to inform the former heads of state about the assembly and solicit their support.

Yakasai said, the assembly is non-partisan but would be involved in political discussion about the future and fate of the country.

However, he said the assembly had nothing to do with 2019 general elections.

“Every member is free to support candidates of his choice and join any political party,’’ Yakassai said.

A member of the NLSA and former Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Inna Ciroma, also said the delegation’s visit to former presidents and heads of state of Northern extraction was to seek their support and blessings.

Ciroma disclosed that Abdusalami had agreed to be one of the group’s patrons.

“All the leaders that we have visited have advised that all the Northern groups must unite. There is no need to have different northern groups.

“They have all asked that we unite and ensure that all the groups are united,” she said.

Ciroma said the assembly was not about 2019, but about the unity and progress of the north

Ekiti APC’s guber aspirant celebrates 1,350 delegates during Easter fest

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As part of effort towards appreciating political parties, particularly members, the Ekiti State All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, Femi Bamisile, has hosted no fewer than 1,350 delegates across 177 wards of the party within the state, another edition of the gesture created to celebrate members of APC in Ekiti.

At length, the gesture was aimed at demonstrating’s Bamisile recognition of the part’s members’ contribution and dedication to unity of APC in Ekiti aside way of showing his appreciation towards delegates struggle after the party lost to opposition four years ago in the state.

The aspirant, who is the State house of Assembly former Speaker, on Thursday during celebration of the state party’s ward’s 1,350 members tagged ‘Delegates Easter Fest, on Thursday in Ekiti State, said that celebrating people that have stood behind the party unity several years was synonymous to growth of the APC in Ekiti and that foremost to him, was to have the dedicated members, who have thrown in all hopes to have the party stay, celebrated.

Bamisile assured crowd of members from the political party in the state that he would remain committed to what APC stands for if eventually emerged as governor of Ekiti state in coming months, just as he tasked delegates to clinch onto unity of the party which they have been fighting for, several years ago.

He explained that his celebration of the delegates was born at of passion to ensure the members have smiles on their faces and that was reason invitations were extended to his campaign teams both within and outside the state, so as to give the fest robust celebration.

Bamisile disclosed that plans and arrangements to have the party’s members well treated was put in place in order to have  the 2018 edition of the event different from that of previous years.

According to him, the 2017 edition of the event and that of the previous other ones were no doubted still lingering in memories of the entire people of Ekiti and the celebration of the season with the entire people of the state has become a tradition of some sort, and 2018 version was not be an exception.

“From feedback, the previous year event was indeed a season that brought the state to a stand still,with delegates and friends of Bamisile been hosted in a bid to show my appreciation for all the supports he has been enjoying from both party men and non partisan citizens.

“The event, no doubt, has also strengthened the APC Unity that was already existing in the state, with dignitaries, from party excos, to delegates from across the 177 wards, friends, both home and abroad in attendance.

“I, hosting all APC leaders in my own home is an indication that I care about my people and party,as a leader who is fearless, bold, unique and courageous.

“Without any shadow of doubt,the celebration of the delegates put together by me and my team is far better than what we had last year and next year will surely at the Government house”, he indicated.

Meanwhile,  sources at event confided who The Guild, disclosed that Bamisile had also used the avenue to declared his ambition and reminded members of him aim to run for the governorship election on platform of APC and that from indication, the former speaker has potential of emerging as the party right candidate for the race, due number of delegates that were on his side.

APC disagrees with LG election declared results

By Abdulwaheed Usamah

The Akwa Ibom State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has disagreed with result of Local Government election conducted December 2nd, which was declared by state Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC).

Before the the APC rejection, AKISIEC had in a statement yesterday declared that PDP won all 31 chairmanship seats and 329 councillorship positions in the poll.

However, the APC, through a statement signed by the part’s Secretary and Chairman,  Akwa Ibom, Dr Amadu Attai, Dr Efiong Etuk and Atuekong Don Etiebet respectively, alleged that AKISIEC did not conduct the elections in line with the laws establishing it.

It called on its members in the state to reject any result declared or announced without compliance with the procedures stipulated by the electoral act.

“To this end, All Progressives Congress (APC) wishes to inform the general public that there was no election at all according to the provision of Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

“Moreover, in their quest to rig and announce spurious results, all sensitive materials including result sheet were nowhere to be found.

“The party wishes to inform the security agencies, Government of Akwa Ibom State, the Federal Government and the public that it rejects in its entirety any concocted result that AKISIEC may wish to announce.”

INEC approves 23,000 ad hoc staff for Anambra gubernatorial election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has hinted that no fewer than 23, 000 ad hoc staff would be deployed to Anambra state for the November 18 governorship election.

INEC explained that the 23, 000 ad hoc staff would include members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and those redeployed from other states.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the electoral body for the state, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, made the disclosure on Monday during the Election Management System Implementer Workshop for INEC officers in Awka.

Orji described the Election Management System as a critical tool, which the commission required to effectively manage field assets, resources, constituencies and chains of electoral activities during election.

He said the card readers that would be used for the election had been tested and were working effectively while the configuration of the cards would take four days from now while training of the electoral and assistant electoral officers, security agencies and ad-hoc staff had also been concluded.

The National Commissioner, INEC South East, Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu, represented by the Technical Adviser to INEC Chairman, Prof. Bolade Eyinla, urged the participants to take the training seriously as it would help in determining the outcome of the election in the state.

The Project Manager of the European Centre for Election Support (ECES), and the trainer, David Le Notre, said the election management system training would enable the commission deliver free, fair and transparent election in the state.

Le Notre stressed that the centre had been in partnership with over 50 countries in ensuring credible elections and hoped that Anambra election would not be different.

He assured that the body would play fair role in its monitoring and assessment believing that INEC would do the needful that would entrench credibility in the election process.

Bayelsa seeks APC congress violence probe

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Following death of two persons during All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State, the government has expressed concern over regular violence and insecurity that often take place during APC activities in the state.

The two deaths was recorded when gunmen suspected to be political thugs invaded APC secretariat during inauguration of the new caretaker chairman, Joseph Fafi, which also left nine persons injured.

In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Jonathan Obuebite, the People’s Democratic Party-led government described the incident as a barbaric and serious breach of existing peace in the state,

The Bayelsa government noted that the incident was against all democratic and acceptable norms, urging Nigerian Police and other law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of the recent outbreak of violence during the party’s non elective congress.

It appealed to Federal Government and the National leadership of APC to call its officials in Bayelsa to order as their activities were becoming disgraceful and highly embarrassing to government and the law abiding people of the state.

“It is a very sad commentary that, the APC in Bayelsa state has turned itself to a lawless and violent organization, where its leaders and supporters resort to violence at every slight provocation.

“Even for internal matters of the party that ought to have been handled with maturity and reasonable level of understanding” the statement added.

Reacting to the incident, leader of APC in the state, former Bayelsa state governor, Timipre Sylva, decried the shooting and killings, stressing that efforts to bring the party to disrepute had failed.

Sylva, who commiserated with families of the victims and visited the injured, apologized to APC supporters and loyalists attributed the dwindling fortunes of the party to poor leadership of the former chairman, Tiwei Oruminigha.

Sources said that invasion of the party could be linked to alleged undue expulsion of ex-chairman of the party and his executive members, by the National leadership of APC, appointing an interim executive to pilot the party affairs.

According to him, today, they thought they can intimidate us, small children and cowards; they came here to scare the people, but they have failed in their attempts

“The ship of APC has started sailing in Bayelsa state and no one can stop the ship, now this party will begin to function.

“To all supporters and Bayelsa people, I am in the state to officially present Joseph Fafi as the one that would run the affairs of the party in the state; now, Fafi is the new party Acting Chairman,” Sylva added.

Kwara electoral commission dumps card readers usage ahead LG election

By Peter Moses, Ilorin

Ahead of November Local Government election, Kwara State independent Electoral Commission (KWASIEC), has insisted that card readers would not be deployed for the council poll.

The chairmanship and councillorship elections into the 16 local governments have been scheduled by the electoral body to hold next three months.

KWASIEC Chairman,  AbdukRahman Ajidagba, made the stance on card reader usage during a meeting with representatives of registered political parties in his office in Ilorin.

Ajidagba said the state was not financially buoyant to acquire card readers for the council polls, saying, we abandoned the use of card readers for the local government elections to avoid hitches that may occur from the machines while the elections are in progress.”

The Kwara electoral commission boss, however, promised a credible, reliable and fair election even without the card readers.

Ajibagba, who described the political parties as the major players in the conduct of the election, solicited their cooperation and support for the success of the exercise.

He also advised the representatives of the parties not to incite the electorate before, during and after the elections, saying no credible poll could be achieved in an atmosphere of chaos and acrimony or violence.

He said the commission would soon release the time table for the polls to enable stakeholders to fully prepare for the exercise.

Speaking on behalf of the parties, the Vice-Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former Chairman of Moro Council, Theophlius Sunday, assured the commission of their readiness to ensure a successful poll.

Cross River INEC states clear capital punishment for erring official

By Aina Amune

The Cross River State newly appointed Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Briyai Frankland, has categorically made clear that the commission would deal decisively with any member of Staff who connives with politicians in manipulate election results in the State.

He said that after interacting with various stakeholders, that there were negative perceptions about the conduct of some members of staff of the commission during elections.

Frankland disclosed the commission plan yesterday during interactive session with newsmen in Calabar, where stated that the INEC was ready to separate weed from iron and correct mismatch of officials.

According to him, INEC has observed that there is wrong public perception about electoral officials conniving with politicians to manipulate results of elections in the state.

“I have warned all members of staff, especially at the Local Government levels to change their attitude to work as the state INEC under my watch will do everything to uphold the sanctity of elections in this state.

“I will not tolerate any laxity on the part of my staff and anyone found culpable will be punished accordingly, ‘’ he said.

Franklin maintained that he had a lot of integrity to protect and that he was not in the state to dance to anybody’s tune but to discharge his duties diligently, just as he advised political parties in the state to work hard to win elections rather than waiting to manipulate the process.

“I am not here for anybody. My advice to political parties is that they should work hard, and I promise that anyone who works hard will always win elections.

“Any political party that has done its homework well and deserved to win will win election.

“INEC in Cross River is not going to be partisan. Any INEC staff who misbehaves will be summarily disciplined. Therefore, electorate should not be afraid, I am here for service to our fatherland, ‘’ he said.

He further stated that to ensure that all eligible voters in the state were not disenfranchised; INEC had begun the second phase of voter registration at designated centres across the 18 Local Government Areas.

According to him so far over one million voters have been registered in the state and members of the public should not panic as the exercise was a continuous one.

Frankland enjoined the media to report the activities of the commission with objectivity and advised them to always reach out to his office for clarifications whenever they are in doubt.

 

Kwara APC holds congress ahead November LGs poll

By Peter Moses, Ilorin

Preparation for Local Governments (LGs) election in Kwara state have  started recording parties, members and eligible candidates formation, just as All Progressives Congress (APC) held a peaceful congress, which followed the state Independent National Electoral Commission’s announcement of November 4 as date for poll across Kwara 16 LGs.

At the congress, which held at the party secretariat along Agba Road, Ilorin, it was gathered that three delegates emerged from each of the 16 Local Government Areas of the state, and that of the them appeared through affirmation by other delegates, who were elected from earlier ward and local government congresses.

The Leader, National Secretariat Delegation, APC, Mohammed Bigol, claimed that that the event was well organised with an impressive turn out of supporters, even though there was tight security during the congress, with delegates and officials been thorough screened by security personnel before allowed entry.

According to the leader,  the attendance was a testimony that the ruling party was doing well.

However, the State Chairman, APC,  Ishola Balogun-Fulani, noted that the conduct showed that the ruling party has 90 per cent of the voting population in the state.