Nsukka (Enugu State ) March 12, 2019 A don, Prof. Aloysius Okolie, has expressed concern over the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC’s) declaration of governorship elections in some states as inconclusive .
Okolie, who is of the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Nsukka on Tuesday that it was unfortunate that the electoral body had taken some steps backward rather than improve on the gains of the 2015 general elections.
“I don’t think there was any inconclusive election in any state in the 2015 general elections whereas in the just concluded governorship election, INEC has declared elections in six states inconclusive.
“It gives many Nigerians concern that some states’ final results of elections conducted since Saturday have not been announced by INEC,” he said.
He said if the issue of `inconclusive election` was not adequately resolved in affected states, it might result in more voter apathy in future as well as loss of confidence in INEC.
“If Mr ‘A’ voted for a political party that scored the highest votes when the election is declared inconclusive and when the election is concluded another political party wins, Mr ‘A’ will not be happy.
“He will suspect foul play and may decide not to vote in future elections because he will believe that his vote did not count thereby losing confidence in the electoral umpire,“he said.
He, therefore, urged INEC to avoid declaring elections inconclusive considering that it could heighten political tension and anxiety in affected states.
The don described the militarisation of some states during the March 9 governorship and state assembly elections as a development that had attracted national shame to the country.
“It is unfortunate that election which is the backbone of any democratic system has been turned to a battle field in the country by some overzealous politicians.
“INEC should do all within its capacity to arrest and prosecute all military personnel – whether real or fake – involved in that show of shame.
“This is the only way to convince Nigerians and the international community that there are still Rules of Engagement and due process in the country, ” he said.
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He alleged that the APC massively rigged the election in Kogi Central where the governor came from.
“The result is not a true reflection of what happened. The people of the state voted for PDP but APC changed the result to favour them.
“Results declared so far by INEC are written results and we can’t accept that.
“Every single result was changed and we are going to challenge the result. The election is not true reflection of what happened in the field,” Wada said.
He promised to challenge the results at the tribunal.
Edited by Joseph Edeh/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Bayelsa Poll: Residents in jubilation as APC leads
NNN: The Residents of Bayelsa have thrown into jubilation as Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced results of the Saturday governorship poll from the six Local government areas out of eight in the state.
Two local government areas yet to be announced are Southern-Ijaw and Ekeremor.
Announcing the results by the Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, Vice-chancellor, University of Benin, said in Ogbia, that APC pulled 58, 016 votes to beat PDP that got 13, 763 votes in the local government.
According to Orumwense, APC also wins in Brass, Nembe and Yenagoa local government areas.
PDP leads in Sagbama and Kolokumo/Opokuma local government areas.
Mr Keme Jude, a resident, told NAN that the results so far announced was commendable, noting that with APC, a new Bayelsa would emerged.
“You see, people are already jubilating even when the total result has not been released.
”I know that our people already know that with the results so far announced, we are heading to a new Bayelsa.
“This should be our early dance to the promise land because we are heading to a new Bayelsa with the APC and the candidate, David Lyon.
Mr Samuel Agada, Party Agent of the United Party of Nigeria (UPN), said “the results so far announced has spoken and they are happy.”
Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Kayode Olaitan
Kogi, Bayelsa: We remain strong, united –PDP
The party stated this in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday in Abuja while reacting to the outcome of the two states governorship elections.
He said that the PDP would continue to fully exert itself in upholding the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians.
Edited by Kayode Olaitan
Edo speaker pledges commitment to enact people-oriented laws
Edo speaker pledges commitment to enact people oriented laws
Okiye made the pledge during his special thanksgiving service to celebrate his victory at the polls and his election as the speaker of Edo House of Assembly.
He said: “Edo Assembly under my leadership will be committed to strengthening existing laws and, where possible, make new ones that will empower the youth and create jobs in the state
“On behalf of my family, I heartily express my profound gratitude to all and sundry for their immense support for my victory at the polls and subsequent elevation as speaker of Edo assembly.
“My utmost indebtedness goes to the revered Benin Monarch, Omo’N’Oba N’ Edo Uku Apkpolokpolo, Oba Eware 11, the Ojuromi of Uromi, HRH Anselm Eidenogie and other Royal fathers for their prayers and support.”
The speaker also thanked the clerics behind him, especially the Spiritual Leader, Christ Chosen Church of God, Apostle David Unuefe, and other spiritual leaders for their presence and demonstration of Godly affection.
Edited by Donald Ugwu
Nigerian Tribune, home of independent, fearless, investigative journalism — Tinubu
In a congratulatory message signed by him and addressed to the Managing Director of the newspaper, Mr Edward Dickson, Tinubu congratulated the management, staff and all those associated with the Nigerian Tribune over the 70th anniversary of the newspaper organisation and the grand opening of its new office in Isheri, Ogun.
“The Nigerian Tribune is the home of independent, fearless and investigative journalism in the country.
“The newspaper has continued to shine the light of truth into every corner of the Nigerian public space.”
The former governor of Lagos said that the Nigerian Tribune had set the standard for journalism practice in Nigeria.
He said all those behind the success of the newspaper should rightly feel proud of this latest milestone in its distinguished existence.
“Accept my hearty congratulations to you, the management and staff, family and friends associated with the Nigerian Tribune on the 70th anniversary of the newspaper’s establishment.
“Nigerian Tribune is, of course, the oldest surviving privately-owned newspaper in Nigeria.
“Over its 70 years of existence, the newspaper has served as an important mouthpiece for the Nigerian people.
“It boasts a proud history of defending the interests of the people from its earliest days fighting for Nigeria’s independence from British colonial rule through to the emergence of an independent, democratic and progressive Nigeria of today.
“Tribune has set the standard for journalism practice in Nigeria and all those associated with the newspaper should rightly feel proud of this latest milestone in its distinguished existence.”
He said that under their skilful guidance, the newspaper remained an essential and trusted voice within the Nigerian media space and beyond.
“My prayer is that the next 70 years will even be more successful than the last.
“Once again, congratulations on this twin-milestone,” Tinubu said.
Edited by Wale Ojetimi
Kogi : Further announcement of results postponed
Further announcement of the results of the governorship election in Kogi has been postponed till 9 a.m. on Monday.
Further announcement of results of the governorship election in Kogi has been postponed till 9am on Monday, Nov.18 because of the non arrival of results from Lokoja and Ibaji Local Government Areas of the state.
The Returning Officer, Prof. Ibrahim Umar who made the announcement, said it would allow the INEC staff to sort things out and give other stakeholders rest.
The results of 18 local government areas had been announced while issues surrounding that of Dekina local government would be finally resolved on monday.
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