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INEC moves sensitive materials to LGAs in Enugu

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INEC moves sensitive materials to LGAs in Enugu

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has started moving sensitive materials to the 17 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Enugu State ahead of the March 9 elections.

Ononamadu noted that as soon as the commission’s staff finished sorting out sensitive materials at the Central Bank of Nigeria, Enugu, they were loaded for onward movement to the LGAs by 2 p.m.

He said the materials and INEC staff were been guarded by contingent of heavily armed security personnel to each of the LGAs in the state.

“Hopefully, before night fall today, the materials must have arrived in the various LGAs for sorting to the various Registration Area Centres (RACs).

“This means that we are working 36 hours ahead to ensure that there will be no hitch in the early commencement of voting on Saturday,’’ he said.

The REC noted that the commission would be hiring a total of 1,700 buses for election duty in the state.

He said all the vehicles to be hired would be through the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and National Association of Transports Owners (NATO).

Ononamadu added that the commission had concluded arrangements with the transport unions to ensure hitch-free movement of staff, ad hoc staff and electoral materials.

“We have signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with them through their unions.

“In it, we have to pay them 50 per cent before commencement of election duty on Friday.

“On the day of the election proper, we pay their unions 15 per cent of the total money agreed and ensure we pay the balance of 35 per cent immediately after the election day,’’ he said.

Ononamadu also urged residents to disregard a fake news indicating that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not take part in the governorship election.

“As I speak, the logo and abbreviation of the party’s name are in all necessary documents and places to ensure they participate fully like other political parties in the race,’’ he added.

NNN recalls that over 1.7 million voters have collected their Permanent Voters’ Cards out of the 1,942,776 registered voters in the state.

The state has 4,146 voting locations and 260 political wards.

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Kogi Poll : PDP candidate rejects results

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Kogi governorship election, Mr Musa Wada has rejected results so far released by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the election.

Addressing newsmen in Lokoja on Sunday, Wada said that the results were doctored to favour Gov. Yahaya Bello of APC.

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

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Bayelsa Poll: Residents in jubilation as APC leads

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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.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the All Progressive Congress (APC) has so far won in the four local government areas, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in two.

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.”

NAN reports that six out of the eight local government areas had so far been announced by INEC; APC won in four while PDP won in two.

Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Kayode Olaitan

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Kogi, Bayelsa: We remain  strong, united –PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it remained strong and united in the face of all its experience in the Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections conducted on Saturday.

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

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Edo speaker pledges commitment to enact people-oriented laws

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Edo speaker pledges commitment to enact people oriented laws

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Benin, Nov. 17, 2019 The Speaker, Edo House of Assembly, Mr Francis Okiye, on Sunday pledged his commitment to enact people-oriented laws that would enhance the standard of living in the state.

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.

Okiye also thanked governor Godwin Obaseki for his commitment at ensuring that Edo took the centre stage in terms of development and job creation.

Edited by Donald Ugwu

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Nigerian Tribune, home of independent, fearless, investigative journalism — Tinubu

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All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, says that the Nigerian Tribune newspaper is a home of independent, fearless and investigative journalism in the country.

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.”

The APC leader congratulated the family of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, on their wise and good foresight in the conception and promotion of the Tribune newspaper and its heritage.

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

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Kogi : Further announcement of results postponed

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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.

Before the postponement , the incumbent, Gov. Yahaya Bello was  maintained a comfortable lead ahead of Mr Musa Wada of the PDP and 23 other candidates.

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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