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  1. 1. “The 2nd respondent (Buhari) was not duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast at the election. 2. “The election of the 2nd respondent is invalid by reason of corrupt practices. 3. “The election of the 2nd Respondent is invalid by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). 4. “The 2nd respondent was at the time of the election not qualified to contest the said election. 5. “The 2nd respondent submitted to the 1st Respondent an affidavit containing false information of a fundamental nature in aid of his qualification for the said election.”
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  3. INEC has officially presented certificates of return to President Buhari and his VP, Yemi Osinbajo at an event which held at the International Conference center Abuja yesterday's afternoon. See more photos from the presentation ceremony below...
  4. Sani Shinkafi, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Zamfara state, has ejected all the displaced persons in his houses for voting for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s elections. Zamfara is one of the states where President Muhammadu Buhari had a good outing in the election. At a news conference in Gusau, the state capital, on Wednesday, Shinkafi explained that he took the action because he expected the IDPs to vote out a government that “could not provide for them or guarantee their security”. “I have asked all the IDPs residing in my Shinkafi houses to immediately pack out because they are not serious in life,” he said. “These are people who had to leave their villages due to insecurity caused by a government that could not provide such basic necessity to them, yet they went and sold their votes at the last elections trying to bring back the same gang.” He said in spite of earlier advice to the displaced persons “to vote out those who failed them in the past years”, they did the exact opposite. He claimed that the IDPS allowed themselves to be bought over during the election by “the people who failed them.”
  5. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, the winner of the presidential election held on the 23rd of February, 2019. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakub, in the early hours of Wednesday, announced the final results, with the All Progressives Congress candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, and his counterpart from the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, leading the figures. While Buhari, who is also the incumbent president, scored 15, 191, 847 votes to win the race, Atiku came second with 11, 262, 978 votes. Declaring the winner, Yakub said, “That Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress, having satisfied the requirements of the law, and having acquired the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner, and is return elected.”
  6. Democracy Will Not Be Emasculated in Nigeria, By Atiku Abubakar I thank the Nigerian people who trooped out in their millions to perform their civic duty this past Saturday. The patriotism of Nigerians is heartwarming and affirms my oft-repeated statement that we are brothers and sisters born from the womb of one mother Nigeria. With regards to the Presidential elections that took place on February 23, 2019, it is clear that there were manifest and premeditated malpractices in many states which negate the results announced. One obvious red flag is the statistical impossibility of states ravaged by the war on terror generating much higher voter turnouts than peaceful states. The suppressed votes in my strongholds are so apparent and amateurish, that I am ashamed as a Nigerian that such could be allowed to happen. How can total votes in Akwa-Ibom, for instance, be 50% less than what they were in 2015? Another glaring anomaly is the disruption of voting in strongholds of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and diverse other states, with the authorities doing little or nothing and in some cases facilitating these unfortunate situations. (See attached links to documentary evidences). The militarization of the electoral process is a disservice to our democracy and a throwback to the jackboot era of military dictatorship. In some areas of the country, such as, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo states, troops deployed for the elections turned their guns on the very citizens they were meant to protect. This is condemnable and should not be associated with our electoral process in the future. I am a democrat and there are democratic avenues available to present the truth to the nation and the watching world. Already, many international observers have given their verdicts, which corroborate our observations. I am sure more will come in the coming hours and days. If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South. However, in my democratic struggles for the past three decades, I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, February 23, 2019. 2007 was a challenge, but President Yar’Adua was remorseful. In 2019, it is sad to see those who trampled on democracy thumping their noses down on the Nigerian people. Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court. I want to assure my supporters and the entire Nigerian people that together, we will not allow democracy to be emasculated. I hope and pray Nigerians will someday summon the courage to defend democracy. That is the only way we can move away from being the world headquarters for extreme poverty. Signed: Waziri Atiku Abubakar 27th February 2019
  7. The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has lost the Kwara Central Senatorial District election to Ibrahim Oloriegbe of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Returning Officer, Professor Olawale Olatunbosun, announced this on Sunday shortly after collating the results of the election in the zone. According to him, Oloriegbe polled a total of 123,808 votes to defeat Senator Saraki of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 68,994 votes. A breakdown of the results of the elections conducted revealed that the Senator-elect defeated the Senate President in all four local government areas in Kwara Central senatorial district. The lawmaker’s loss in the election has cost him and his party a seat in the ninth Assembly, after Saraki’s tenure as Senate President ends. However, the PDP got a consolation with the victory of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in Bauchi State.
  8. **JUST IN** Buba Galadima Arrested by Buhari’s Govt. - Family Announced.
  9. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Buratai, on Wednesday gave officers and men of the Nigerian Army with doubtful loyalty to the Federal Government Friday February 22, deadline to resign from the service. Buratai gave the ultimatum at an expanded weekly meeting with Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), General Officers Commanding (GOCs) and some field commanders at the army headquarters in Abuja. He said, “the foundation of military professionalism is discipline and without discipline an army cannot stand. “One of our core values is loyalty to constituted authority. Loyalty must be hundred per cent. “Should any officer or soldier have doubts as to his loyalty to the Nigerian State as presently constituted, such a person has up to Feb. 22, 2019 to resign. “There is no room for indiscipline or disobedience to lawful orders in the Nigeria army today.’’ Buratai also said that the expanded meeting was to review security strategies put in place for the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday. He recalled that two weeks ago, the strategies were planned in a similar meeting until the elections were rescheduled to Saturday and March 9, from Feb. 16 and March 2. The army chief decried some politicians’ reaction to President Muhammadu Buhari directive to security agents to deal ruthlessly with ballot box- snatching. “It is unfortunate to hear persons who are aspiring to rule this country again inciting the army to disobedience."
  10. Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says President Muhammadu Buhari is more of a power monger than a Democrat. He said military commanders do not have to obey the president in carrying out orders that are inconsistent with the law of the land. Atiku said Buhari just put on the garb of a Democrat so he could return to power, but remains a general. Speaking at the 84th emergency meeting of the PDP national executive council, Atiku said Buhari was not involved in the struggle for democracy in Nigeria. “I want to direct this message to our military commanders and officers. You know that the military commanders and officers are not bound to execute orders that are manifestly unlawful,” Atiku said. “This is the law, this is the tradition in the military; so if you are a professional military officer and soldier and also a policeman, you are not bound to execute an order that is manifestly unlawful, no matter who issues that order.” On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari said he has ordered the military and the police to be ruthless, warning that anyone who snatches ballot box will pay with his life. Sagir Musa, the army spokesman, told 9jaonline that the army’s involvement starts and ends with the provision of a peaceful and secure environment for the conduct of the elections. “Our actions are guided by the extant rules of engagement and code of conduct. The constitution of Nigeria is the grundnorm guiding all our actions,” he said. Elections are due for February 23, 2019 and March 9, 2019.
  11. A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party , Alhaji Buba Galadima, has claimed that Nigeria recently experienced economic recession because President Muhammadu Buhari ’ s body language and pronouncements scared foreign investors away , He also said the presidential candidate of the PDP , Alhaji Atiku Abubakar , had the capacity to fix the nation’ s economy and rescue it from recession . He said, “I do not accept the defence of this administration that we found ourselves in recession because somebody else mismanaged the economy. “The truth is that , by his body language and pronouncements, Buhari scared foreign investors who began to withdraw their money from the stock market. “They were so much in a hurry to leave that they were ready to buy the dollar at any price. That is what caused the recession . “Because of that , insecurity has spread to many other parts of Nigeria, including Zamfara , Plateau , Benue , Taraba and all the way to Kogi where people cannot sleep with their two eyes closed.” Galadima, who is one of the spokespersons in the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, stated these in Abuja on Friday during the unveiling of a new book entitled : “Atikunomics – The Economic Pillar for a New Nigeria ”, written by a journalist , Victor Emeruwa. He described the book as a window into the thinking of how Atiku would achieve reformation and restructuring of the country. According to him , the book will give Nigerians an insight into Atiku ’ s economical thinking and how he will pull Nigeria out of its present economic and developmental crises. Galadima added , “There was a time when robbers used to steal cars , then we brought technology and we were able to track the movement of the cars . You will agree with me that such methods of robbery has greatly reduced because of the deployment of technology. “This is the same way Atiku is going to use knowledge and technology to take Nigeria out of recession because the people there have no idea about how to run a modern economy and they did not find it expedient to appoint any known economic adviser .” Emeruwa said he was motivated to write the book to tell Nigerians how the economy was restructured during the regional governments and how Nigeria could return to the glory days through a genuine economic restructuring. He said the present government’ s economic policy has failed the country, adding that there had never been any time in the history of the country when Nigeria’ s economy was among the top three in Africa. Copyright PUNCH .
  12. Nigerians should be grateful to the United States for saving our democracy today. This is why the party in power got frustrated about the international communities interference at one point and threatened “body bags” because they know, “Americans would know”. We are a sovereign state, agreed, but there was nothing Nigerians would have done tonight to prevent Mohammadu Buhari from rigging this election, if not for the intervention of the USA. The Buhari government in collaboration with INEC had an agenda on how to rig the election in favor of Buhari. This was what they were planning to execute tonight with the postponement drama when the United States government got a wind of it and called the INEC Chairman not to dare. THEIR PLAN: The strategy was to allow elections hold in 26 states and postpone it in 10 states. For the ten states, they had two plans: late arrival of election materials and security crisis. The idea was to deliberately allow materials arrive late as we are already witnessing in some states, and INEC would have no option but to postpone elections in those states. For instance, the aircraft that was supposed to deliver materials to Enugu was told it can't land because of bad weather conditions and it had to land in Port Harcourt. Right before us, elections in Enugu would have been postponed. The crisis template was executed in Kaduna today. The news of Kaduna State killings of 66 people today was part of the plan to create an atmosphere of catastrophic so that INEC would postpone the election in Kaduna State citing security challenges. The news of the killings was fabricated and sponsored by the 3 inches 'body bag' Governor of that state. For the 26 states that election would have held, the plan was to watch out for the outcome. If it favours Atiku, whatever the margin is, they would deploy heavy security agents to ensure they get enough votes to cover up the margin in the 10 states that elections were to be postponed as they did in Osun state. With this plan, Buhari would be elected back as president, but the US said, NO! Elections across the 36 states must hold simultaneously, they insist. ~ May Ubeku
  13. Fanny Facsar an international journalist with DW News is poised to cover the 2019 presidential election in Nigeria. Fanny Facsar was at the APC giant broom at Abuja city gate and talked about the inability of the APC broom to sweep away corruption in Nigeria. She wrote: Video below: The APC has however denied constructing the giant broom which has generated both heated argument in the political space, and backlash from those who thought the giant broom is an eyesore to the country’s capital. There were many questions as regards the motive behind the citing of the broom, at a space that contributes greatly to the aesthetics of the country. In an exclusive interview with Channels TV, the APC media secretary, Mallam Lanre Isa-Orlu said the party was not responsible for it but that it was built by Nigerians who love the party’s administration of the country.
  14. Specially customised phones in support for the two main contestants in the 2019 presidential election are set to flood the market. The phones were designed separately to drum support from the citizens for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. The phones were also designed with the party’s logos and motto as Nigerians ponder on who to vote for in the forthcoming election next year. Atiku beat 11 other contestants after polling 1, 532 to emerge as the winner of the PDP primary at the National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. President Muhammadu Buhari polled a total of 14, 842, 072 across the 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory during APC’s direct Presidential Primary to emerge as it’s 2019 candidate. Watch the videos below;
  15. The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, has given one reason President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, cannot rig the 2019 general election. Speaking in an interview with DAILY POST, President of the AYCF, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, said that the rigging formula of the current administration as allegedly applied in Ekiti and Osun States, will not work in 2019. Shettima noted that the police has been a major tool for rigging elections in recent time, but maintained that the government will not have enough manpower in the police force to rig elections in the 36 states and the FCT. Shettima alleged that the government massively rigged the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun but expressed his confidence in the judiciary to return the peoples mandate to them. He said, “The 2019 general elections will not be like what we saw in Osun and Ekiti because this is a case where every policeman will be in his post. “With this, it means that if you have succeeded in deploying 40,000 policemen to Ekiti or Osun to rig election, you cannot take them anywhere in 2019 February general election. You cannot do that. “They [APC] will be completely dis-centralized and embarrassed. You will see that the kind of embarrassment that befell Jonathan’s administration; I mean, the same way Jonathan was sacked, even, this one will be worse than what Jonathan saw. “Nigerians will decide because it is a moment of decision and we’ll all decide. Nigerian Democracy must be saved. “The international community accepted the fact that the election in Osun State was massively rigged and they are in court and I’m happy court will decide on that. “The judiciary will rise to the occasion and they’ll do what is right. Forget about what is going on; the intimidation of the judiciary under this present administration. “They ‘ll do the right thing at the right time. I have no doubt about Osun State. “Then in Ekiti we all saw how a sitting Governor was messed up. An elected executive Governor was messed up and his immunity was completely downplayed. “He was dealt with decisively because they wanted to take over Ekiti State by force but they forget that we are watching.”
  16. Lois Auta, founder of Cedar Seed Foundation, young global leader of the World Economic Forum, an aspirant to the AMAC/Bwari Federal constituency, Abuja. The female aspirant was only two years old when she was struck by poliomyelitis, which confined her to a wheelchair. Auta was until recently, a staff of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) under Central Transport Service Section. In an interview with Daily Sun, she speaks on her disappointment with the All Progressives Congress (APC). Why did you settle for APC as a platform to realise your ambition considering the bashing it has been receiving in recent times? APC has shown commitment over the years by appointing a senior special assistant to the president on disability matters. It did not stop there; it has a national coordinator on the party platform on disability matters in the whole 36 states including FCT. They have state, local government and ward coordinators on disability matters. So they have shown us that they are an inclusive party and that moved me to be part of the party. I have been a member of the party over a year now. Why have you suddenly changed your mind about running on APC platform after paying such glowing tribute to the party? It is disheartening and discouraging. They are excluding us from political participation with style. I have done my homework, I have paid my dues but nomination fees has stopped me from participating in the APC primaries due to lack of funds. I was at the national headquarters to confirm whether it is true and I was shocked to hear that I must pay 50 percent. And I told them since it is 50 percent off for women and 50 percent off for persons with disabilities that mean I am paying nothing being a woman and a person with disability, but they said no, I must pay. I had appealed to Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari and APC leadership to make the forms free for women, young people and persons with disabilities, those in groups I mentioned that have paid their money should be refunded but it seems all my pleas fell on deaf ears. About my views on the interest and nomination forms I shared earlier, they promised to give persons with disabilities for free but when the form came out for sale, it was 50 percent off for aspirants with disabilities which have excluded the vulnerable groups from the political participation on that platform. I am switching party due to the exclusion of aspirants with disabilities, young people and women from participating fully in politics. The fees of interest and nomination forms are too exorbitant. The party structures and systems are not friendly to us, that is why we have to re-strategise and join another friendly party. I went there with N500, 000 that I could raise for the form but I was told they will not collect until it is complete. I believe I can make it God’s willing on the new party platform that will be announced soon. With my intimidating profile, people’s goodwill, competence, passion, experience, exposure, character, credibility and support from people, there is no party I will run on and will not win. You are from Kaduna State, why are you aspiring to represent AMAC/Bwari Federal Constituency and not your constituency in Kaduna? I have been in Abuja since I was 18, so most of my achievements, awards, I got them here in Abuja. As a public servant with NNPC, I pay tax here and even the Cedar Seed Foundation, the project we have been implementing was started here in Abuja. So, I feel I am part of the indigenes of Abuja and I have the right to contest anywhere in Nigeria as a citizen of Nigeria. Yes, we have some challenges, one of which is language barrier because when you go out for consultations and campaign, some of the people want to talk to you in their language but I won’t be able to respond to their satisfaction. It is one of my major challenges but this is just a challenge, it can be surmounted. With the ideology I am bringing to the party, the projects I am going to implement is not going to be for the Gbagis, Bwaris, Igbo, Yoruba, so ethnicity should not stop good leaders from emerging and participating in politics. Aside disability issues, what other issues are important to you in the FCT that you will be pushing when elected? The people of AMAC/Bwari Federal Constituency and other parts of the FCT have for too long suffered from bad roads, inadequate social amenities like water, electricity, good markets, good schools, good hospitals. So my plan for them when I become a member of House of Representatives is to ensure that these things are put in place, that these issues are addressed in the FCT, the bad roads will be turned to good roads, bad schools to good schools, bad hospitals to good hospitals whereby the sick can be taken care of.
  17. Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Ben Murray-Bruce have sued the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and the FCT Commissioner of Police over “humiliation, intimidation, harassment” The lawmakers said they suffered harassment in the hands of police officers during their Friday protest against the outcome of Osun governorship election where the candidate of the APC Gboyega Oyetola emerged winner. According to Punch, they are demanding N500m as damages. The senators are therefore praying the court to among others, direct the defendants to “jointly and severally pay the applicants the sum of N500m, being the pecuniary and exemplary damages arising from the humiliation, intimidation, harassment and unlawful attempt to arrest the applicants by the agents of the second respondent (Commissioner of Police).” Court papers obtained by Daily Post’s correspondent on Monday showed that the suit, with Number FHC/ABJ/03/095/2018, was filed by Mahmud Abubakar Magaji, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, on behalf of the senators.
  18. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has paid a Thank You Visit to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at the Government House Port-Harcourt on Sunday evening. It was earlier reported that Nyesom Wike, left the venue of the Peoples Democratic Party convention before the convention ended. He reportedly left shortly after congratulating the winner of the party’s presidential primary, Atiku Abubakar. He was promptly followed out of the Port-Harcourt venue by many of his supporters. The Rivers governor was one of the major backers of Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who came second in the presidential primary. Meanwhile, Wike has declared that all Nigerians irrespective of political affiliation must rise up to sack the most inefficient Federal Government since the country gained independence. He said though different party leaders supported different aspirants, with the emergence of Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the party’s Presidential Candidate, all hands must be on deck for the good of the country. He said that the successful hosting of the National Convention in Port Harcourt has once again shown that Port Harcourt is a peaceful location for national events. In his remarks, PDP Presidential Candidate and Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said that the entire country must work towards ending the failed APC Federal Government in 2019. He said the country has gone through challenges ranging from recession, unemployment, insecurity and lack of unity. He said the country needs to chart a new direction in the interest of the people.
  19. Club owner and politician, Shina Peller, took to his twitter handle to state the difference between the major contenders of the presidential seat in the 2019 election, President Buhari and Atiku Abubakar. See his tweets below.
  20. NWC PANEL DECLARES SANWO-OLU WINNER OF LAGOS APC PRIMARY NWC Panel Declares Sanwo-Olu Winner of Lagos APC Primary – Clement Ebri, chairman of the primary election panel of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, has declared Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the exercise in the state. Ebri made the declaration at a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday morning. He had earlier distanced the committee from the election, opposing the open ballot system used. Ebri said arrangements were in place to commence fresh elections where the secret ballot would be used. But Tunde Balogun, chairman of the APC in Lagos, disagreed with Ebri, saying the election went on peacefully across the state. Balogun declared Sanwo-Olu winner of the exercise, announcing that he polled 970,851 votes while Ambode secured 72,901 votes. At his media briefing on Wednesday, Ebri reeled out the same figures.
  21. READ WHAT ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE TOLD BUHARI ABOUT LAGOS APC PRIMARIES Read What Adams Oshiomhole Told Buhari About Lagos APC Primaries – All Progresives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole has actually dismissed worries that yesterday’s governorship primary in Lagos State was questionable. He stated the celebration leadership was in control of the shadow election. Speaking at the Presidential Villa after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, the previous Edo State Governor said: “I told the President that the primaries held as prepared and everything is being done to guarantee there is no violence due to the fact that democracy does not grow with violence. “Nigerians must begin to learn how to differ in opinion and in choice without fighting; this is something people have to acquire over time. “For me, I’m excited that if we can do it in Lagos, it can be done anywhere. “Everything that is being done is done under the control, supervision and direction of the NWC.’’ In Lagos, the Clement Ebri Election Committee said the exercise did not receive its blessing because the conditions prescribed were not followed. Party Chairman Tunde Balogun rejected the Committee’s verdict, saying the election was free and fair. Leaders of the party, including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Deputy Governor Idiat Adebule, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, commissioners, aspirant Babajide Sanwo-Olu and party members who turned out in large numbers, participated in the election. But Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who was in his hometown Epe for the primary, remained indoors. Reporteers who accompanied him to Epe were asked to leave for Lagos shortly before 11a.m. Ebri said at about 4.30 pm when he addressed the media was just ready for the primary. He said he had contacted the APC national secretariat for further directives. “We are ready to give the state the most credible election. It is not our fault that this exercise took this long. In some states, primary has been moved to Thursday. “We were waiting for the (Lagos State) party chairman to provide certain information that will enable us post people to the wards. We have two aspirants and we needed to be fair to both parties. The information we demanded for came in about an hour ago. And we had to struggle this period to balance the equation,” Ebri said, adding: “We have five persons from the local organising committee and four for each ward. They will all go out to ensure the primary is conducted. We all understand the terrain in the state, especially as it concerns the traffic situation. So, the materials are available now and ready for deployment. “The national secretariat advised us to use ballot papers and we came into Lagos with thousands of them. But during the stakeholders meeting, it became obvious that the state chapter of the party wasn’t ready for such primary. They claimed that there was no time to educate the members and others. And based on the submission made at the stakeholders meeting, some changes were made. “And we were advised to conduct the open ballot in a manner that would be objective to all parties. And that is one of the adjustments we made to accommodate views of the stakeholders. “We had a session with representatives of both aspirants here at about 8 am. And we asked that they should bring names of their representatives that would be used for the exercise. But the names didn’t arrive early from both parties.” Ebri went on: “Because of the political tension in the state, we decided to be very careful, very methodical and very meticulous in doing it. As party men, peace is very important to us than victory; we want victory that will be celebrated by both parties; we want victory that will be credible; a victory that will be in line with the guidelines and extant rules and laws in this country. We are ready to go to the field and execute this in clinical fashion. “Lagos is a flagship of APC and must continue to remain so for years to come and so in conducting anything that has to do with Lagos, we have to do it with a lot of circumspection and objectivity and it should be a showpiece for the rest of the country. Displaying the result sheets, the Panel Chairman said it was “in impeccable condition and not one single sheet is missing and it is not possible for this committee to do any other thing than it has been instructed to do”. “We have guidelines and we will stick to those guidelines to be sure that we are fair to both parties.” Balogun insisted that the primary was devoid of violence and, therefore, credible. He said the agents of the two parties were present at the wards where the election took place and that the Independent National Elect0ral Commission (INEC), and election observers witnessed the exercise. “The election took place simultaneously in all the 245 wards. Some of our members were visible in the local governments. For example our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was at Ikeja, his own ward. “He took part in the election and we saw the results. The results have been signed by the agents of the two aspirants. Those results were credible because the INEC too were there and they all signed. We were all witnesses to the conduct of the election. There were no violence, no chaos; it was free, fair and transparent.” Asked whether any member of the NWC panel members was there, he said: ‘’What I know is that I did not go round the wards. The venue I went to, I saw some observers apart from the agents and INEC. They were publicly conducted, constitutionally done and I think we will leave the rest for the people and the press . That is why we have to wait for the committee charged with the responsibility to announce the results. We are not to announce the results. Some women from Shomolu/Bariga who protested at the Ikeja hotel where the panel members addressed the media, complained that they were not allowed to vote in their wards because they are known supporters of Governor Ambode.
  22. ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) NATIONAL LEADER, ASIWAJU BOLA TINUBU SAYS THE PARTY’S VICTORY IN THE OSUN GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION SHOWS THAT DEMOCRACY IS AT WORK IN THE COUNTRY. Tinubu said this after he received Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun and the newly elected state Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola at his Resident in Ikoyi, Lagos on Friday. Tinubu said that the people of Osun exercised their rights and chose the best candidate to drive development in the state. ”The people of Osun, the state of ‘Omoluabi’ demonstrated their strong determination, they have good judgment, they exercised their rights to choose the best candidate necessary for developmental programmes in the state. ”When you look at those who were running, you have the best, the most brilliant, the most qualified, competent, calm and great candidate. ”That is what they have done to show that democracy is at work. “Democracy is about the people, and the people have equally exercised their right to be tolerant, patient, persevere and do what is necessary to develop the economy of the state. ”And you need the most competent person that will perform. ”In leadership, you need a philosopher and a doer that must be present inside the mind, body, and soul; that person who will carry the responsibility of the nation and that I feel that Mr. Oyetola suits flawlessly,” he said. Tinubu urged the people of Osun to encourage and give maximum support to Oyetola. ”The rest is for the people of Osun state to rally round and give him the necessary support and encourage him to do well following the legacy already built. ”He already has a blueprint for development agenda,” he said.
  23. LAST THURSDAY, THE INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECT0RAL COMMISSION, INEC, DECLARED GBOYEGA OYETOLA OF THE APC AS THE WINNER OF THE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION IN OSUN STATE. Oyetola polled a total of 255,505 votes after the collation of the results of the supplementary election in seven polling units across four local governments, while PDP’s Ademola Adeleke polled a total of 255,023 votes to come second. But at the initial election which held last Saturday, Davido’s uncle scored the highest number of votes, beating Oyetola with 353 votes but INEC declared the election inconclusive and ordered a rerun because the number of canceled votes in the seven polling units was far higher than the margin by which Adeleke beat Oyetola. Following this supplementary votes on Thursday, Oyetola overtook and beat Adeleke with a total margin of 482 votes. Reacting to the outcome of the supplementary election, Davido wrote: ‘God knows best! Best believe he will come thru soon,’ while replying to a Twitter user.
  24. Ovation Magazine publisher, Dele Momodu has via his weekly column, the ‘Pendulem’ made shocking revelations about the just concluded Osun State governorship election. According to him, “APC merely used the elections in Ekiti and Osun as dress rehearsals of what to expect in next year’s general elections” because if Buhari loses they would end up manipulating the result same way they did in Osun state, He also disclosed that a former President had told him months ago that Nigerians should not expect President Buhari to lose the election and quit quietly as President Goodluck Jonathan did in 2015… Read his insightful and mind-blowing article in full: Fellow Nigerians, let’s not mince words today and go straight to the crux of the matter. What transpired in the State of Osun, as my dear Brother, the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, loves to refer to our State, was not a Gubernatorial, but a prelude to the Presidential election. The interest and resources galvanized for that election demonstrated that it was a civil war and not a civilized election. The election was seen and executed as a referendum on the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari and its wobbly government. While the ruling party appeared determined, or maybe ‘desperate’ is the appropriate word, to win, the main opposition party looked jazzed and disinterested. But for the merciful interventions of former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the PDP candidate, Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke, could as well have been a virtual orphan. It was that bad. What manner of opposition would sit at home, arms akimbo, after seeing how the President, Vice President, Governors, Ministers and party Chieftains all invaded, and flooded, Osun as if their lives depended on it? I fail to understand how PDP can parade over a dozen Presidential aspirants yet only few of them are showing irrevocable commitment to serious party matters while the rest are only pursuing personal agenda. Adeleke was just lucky to be blessed with a family that had the means to fund his campaign and in particular a megastar, David Adeleke (aka Davido), who unleashed his monstrous talent on the campaign. The ways of politicians are certainly not the ways of ordinary mortals. I could not believe how they turned Osun into a theatre of war because of a few thousand votes. I thought that, by now, Nigeria had passed this disgraceful and embarrassing stage. I have no doubt that c. A former President had told me months ago that we should not expect President Buhari to lose the election and quit quietly like President Goodluck Jonathan did in 2015, but I disagreed most vehemently. Thank God, we did not take a bet because with what happened in Osun, in particular, I don’t see the APC apparatchik agreeing to vacate power without a truculent fight. Many people, Nigerians and non-Nigerians have come to the incontrovertible conclusion that what we currently have is an army of occupation and we should accept our fate with equanimity. But no country can afford not to have a virile opposition. This is why it is sad and tragic that those who were in opposition only yesterday are perpetrating the same unfortunate acts we collectively rejected and dismissed not too long ago. It is also a shame that political parties have become over-proliferated in our dear beloved country. This has made it difficult for us to have a unified resolve to challenge what may ultimately turn into a Gestapo and most oppressive civilian regime. The PDP that should fight back stoutly to give a good fight is already gasping for breath because of multiple ambitions of individuals who may choose to turn coat at the drop of a hat. From the multitude of PDP aspirants and even the cacophony of permutations about who can challenge Buhari to a duel, it is becoming clear, to discerning minds, that there are only two, possibly three serious challengers and no more. Of these three, two currently stand tall. One is old and the other is young. It seems patently obvious, from the recent shenanigans that we have seen, that President Buhari and his people would do everything humanly possible to avoid confronting either of these two candidates at the polls next year. Moving on, let me say with every emphasis I can muster, no candidate from the core North can compete against, and defeat, Buhari simply on the basis that they come from the core North. It is practically impossible. The jejune argument that PDP should pick a candidate who can divide the core Northern votes is either a joke carried too far or a deliberate decision to hand power back to the incumbent on a platter of gold. What the PDP needs urgently is a candidate who can explode its votes in the entire South and the North Central. I do not hereby advocate for any candidate. I make my thesis only on the basis of empirical analysis. Buhari lost elections three consecutive times because he couldn’t saunter across those zones. If you doubt my assertion, let’s examine the figures, in practical terms. In 1999, PDP scored 4,226,330 in South South while ANPP/AD recorded 1,205,087. PDP 2,307,712 in South East and ANPP/AD 978,997. PDP 1,092,216 in South West and ANPP/AD 4,366,993. This was Chief Olu Falae versus General Olusegun Obasanjo. The Yoruba can mobilise humongous votes when they feel they have their own in the race. The sentiment was in favour of Falae. PDP 3,675,027 in North Central and ANPP/AD 1,461,840. PDP 3,552,354 in North East and ANPP/AD 1,412,426. PDP 3,887,536 in North West and ANPP/AD 1,684,934. In 2003, PDP jumped to 6,953,679 in South South and ANPP 365,161. PDP 3,161,150 in South East and ANPP 253,079. PDP 5,031,288 in South West and ANPP 195,024. PDP 3,257,956 in North Central and ANPP 1,993,705. PDP 2,941,208 in North East and ANPP 3,694,367. PDP 2,764,846 in North West and ANPP 6,453,437. This was the year Buhari started contesting the Presidency. On this occasion he contested on the platform of ANPP. In 2007, PDP had 6,118,608 in South South and ANPP 365,161. PDP 4,985,246 in South East and ANPP 253,079. PDP 2,836,417 in South West and ANPP 195,024. PDP 3,376,570 in North Central and ANPP 1,744575. PDP 1,832,651 in North East and ANPP 3,660919. PDP 3,466,924 in North West and ANPP 6,453,437. Buhari again contested as ANPP Presidential candidate. In 2011, PDP recorded 6,118,608 in South South and ANPP 49,978. PDP 4,985,246 in South East and ANPP 20,335. PDP 2,786,417 in South West and ANPP 321,609. PDP 3,123,126 in North Central and ANPP 1,612,999. PDP 1,832,622 in North East and ANPP 3,624,910. PDP 3,395,724 in North West and ANPP 6,453,437. Buhari was again the flagbearer of the ANPP. In 2015, PDP secured 4,714,725 in South South and APC 418,590. PDP 2,464,906 in South East and APC 198,248. PDP 1,821,416 in South West and APC 2,433,193. PDP 1,715,818 in North Central and APC 2,411,013. PDP 796,580 in North East and APC 2,848,678. PDP 1,339,709 in North West and APC 7,115,199. The import of these figures is that whosoever can checkmate Buhari from the Middlebelt downwards would always defeat Buhari. This does not necessarily mean such a candidate should come from these regions, but it would be ideal. A candidate with cross-over appeal from the North East and North West would also do well provided he does not believe that his place of origin means he should concentrate his effort in that region or adjunct region. PDP should forget the pipe dream of competing favourably against Buhari in the North East and North West. He has consistently won overwhelming in those two regions. However, if President Buhari can be restricted to those two zones while opposition locks down the other four zones of the country, then the prospects of the opposition PDP resoundingly beating the APC candidate becomes much brighter. PDP or any intelligent party must apply Isaac Newton’s third Law of Motion: “actions and reactions are always equal and opposite.” Buhari would be 76, his opponent must be the opposite by being much younger. 70 percent of the electorate are under the age of 45. Opposition requires a candidate who can readily galvanise a multitude of first-time voters. Nigeria is long overdue for a candidate in the mould of Barack Obama, an energetic and cosmopolitan leader. Politics as a game of numbers must be approached meticulously. Buhari has stupendous State appurtenances and resources to deploy, his opponent must have access to similar armoury or have sufficient wherewithal to match the substantial resources of State and not be a scavenger in search of m0rale, audacity and finance. I’m not sure about what the third force can produce. I have expressed this publicly and privately. There are those like my dear friend, former Governor Donald Duke, Frank Nweke Jnr. and others who feel a third force can fly next year. I sincerely doubt this. Indeed, I would like to dismiss this as mere wishful thinking. There may also be a fourth force, the Take Back Nigeria Movement being propelled by Omoyele Sowore who has worked extremely hard across Nigeria, but I believe he still has a lot of distance to cover. The reason is simple. He would have gone very far if he could muster the support of other younger candidates. Same with Fela Durotoye, Kingsley Moghalu and others. I truly wish there could be a consensus candidate, but alas! Where do we go from here, realistically? I think the toughest opposition can still come from PDP if it can rescue itself from certain interests and manage to pick a kamikaze candidate who is not docile and who is ready to fight all the way with everything at his disposal. No meek or lily-livered gentleman can fight and conquer Buhari next year. The lesson to pick from Osun, while litigation processes are being cooked, is that the next Presidential election is not going to be the stuff of conventional warfare. A serious opposition must prepare for the use of ballistic and anti-ballistic missiles. This is the reality of what to expect.
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