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  1. An underage voter photographed while casting his ballot at Bondiga Tauma Ward in Sokoto
  2. This is a polling unit in Sokoto North were a supplementary election is expected to take place today 23rd March 2019. As early as 7am , women, including nursing mothers were seen on the queue, struggling to maintain their position while waiting for inec officials to arrive. Note, INEC officials are yet to appear. During my undergraduate days at the University of Maiduguri Borno State, Same scenario applies. Our Northern, Mostly Muslim brothers and sisters will arrive at the polling unit very early enough waiting to caste their votes during Students Union Government Elections. Northern ,Southern Christain Sisters and brothers Campaign the most on Campus, Argue and Analyse the most , but mostly drag their feets to the polling units on election day. Most of them arrive late to polling units, a good number end up not voting due to late arrival, while others continue to procasinate and not showing up at the polling unit at all . The above scenario equally applies in the South of Nigeria especially in the South East of Nigeria. We talk, talk , and talk , we complain and complain, we argue and argue, we take over the media space arguing yet we fail to participate actively in the voting process that shapes our lives. A process that determines our economic, social , cultural and political life. Most of us in the South East claim to be more knowledgeable, smarter , very intelligent, very sharp, yet we do not understand the common sense of Political Power , what a people, what an Irony . This is 7am and women across Sokoto and other parts of Northern Nigeria are ready to vote . Can this be said of our people? Photo Credit : TVC News Comrade S.O.B Igwe 23/03/2019
  3. The Senate President and Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr. Bukola Saraki has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s “purported victory” in the February 23 presidential election would be short-lived. Speaking at the opening session of the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, Saraki said the PDP must defeat Buhari at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. “First of all, the true reflection of the presidential election showed the kind of character that the PDP has. I think that is something that we should build on. “My own appeal to everybody is to say this victory that the other party has seen is going to be short-lived. We have a great future ahead and I believe we will start that on Saturday, to make sure that we defend those five states that are declared inconclusive. “If anybody believes that it is a loss to PDP, it is a loss to the country that history will not forgive. We said it many times here, that the worst to do is to do an election that as a country Nigeria will not be proud of. “We have done an election that no doubt anybody and even those that think they have won are ashamed of the kind of election that we did. “I think it is a shame to the country and to those that were given that responsibility to do. “We are setting a bad example, not only in Nigeria, but in the continent when we bring militarisation into our election,” Saraki said.
  4. Supplementary Polls: Nigerians Will Treat APC Thugs In Military Uniforms as Fake Soldiers - PDP … Says APC Depending on Vote-Buying, Ballot Snatching The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cautions that Nigerians will treat All Progressives Congress (APC) thugs dressed in military uniform to assist it to rig the March 23 supplementary elections, as fake soldiers. PDP’s position is predicated on claims by the Federal Government that the soldiers who unleashed violence and helped the APC to rig the February 23 Presidential election were fake. The party said it is ready to confront, resist and dismantle all rigging machinery of the APC and consolidate on its already established victory in the March 23 Supplementary Governorship elections. Our structure and followership in Sokoto, Kano, Adamawa, Plateau, Bauchi and Benue states have been fully rallied at all levels of polling and collation process to resist any attempt by anybody to manipulate for the APC. It is instructive to state that the PDP already has full information of how the APC is moving huge sums of money in the attempt to bribe officials of INEC to manipulate the electoral process. This is in addition to reports of how the APC has been sending its agents to promise money to voters and how such overtures are being rejected by the voters. The PDP also has full details of how APC has sent network jammers to the states where supplementary elections are scheduled to hold as well as how they have paid thugs to cause confusion on the day of election and snatch ballot boxes, having realized that it has no chance in the supplementary polls. The PDP wants the APC and its candidates to note that their ignoble schemes are already known and that our party is standing shoulder to shoulder with the people of these states to defend our votes. In this regard, all our agents, members and supporters have been equipped to closely monitor all the electoral processes, from the accreditation of voters, voting and collation of results, ensure that all results delivered at the polling units be immediately posted on INEC website and use all legitimate means to firmly resist any attempt by the APC to alter the results. The PDP cautions those engaged by the APC to cause confusion and snatch ballot boxes to steer clear of the processes, as they will be doing so at their own peril. The party therefore charges Nigerians in the constituencies where supplementary elections have been scheduled to come out en-masse to vote and use all legitimate means to defend their votes to the very end. Signed: Kola Ologbondiyan National Publicity Secretary And Director, Media & Publicity PDP Presidential Campaign Organization
  5. File five grounds petition Revisit alleged certificate scam against President Punch reports Some details of the petition filed on Monday by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate in the February 23 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to challenge the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress, emerged on Tuesday. The petition, which sought to rely on 50 sets of documents, was filed before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja against the Independent National Electoral Commission, Buhari and the APC as the first to the third respondents, respectively. INEC had on February 27, 2019 declared that Buhari won the election with 15,191,847 votes to defeat Atiku, whom it said polled 11,262,978 votes. But the petitioners stated in their 139-page petition that “from the data in the 1st respondent’s (INEC’s) server…the true, actual and correct results” from “state to state computation” showed that Atiku polled a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari whom they said scored 16,741,430 votes. They said the results were the total votes scored by the candidates in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, as there was “no report on sever” about the results from Rivers State as of February 25, 2019. By this, Atiku claims to have defeated Buhari with 1,615,302 votes. One of the five grounds of the petition also tends to resuscitate the allegation that Buhari was not qualified to run for the office of the President on the grounds that he did not possess the constitutional minimum qualification of a school certificate. The five grounds of the petition read, “The 2nd respondent (Buhari) was not duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast at the election. “The election of the 2nd respondent is invalid by reason of corrupt practices. “The election of the 2nd Respondent is invalid by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). “The 2nd respondent was at the time of the election not qualified to contest the said election. “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.” Arguing that Buhari was not qualified to run for the office of the President, the petitioners argued in part, “The petitioners state that the 2nd respondent (Buhari) does not possess the educational qualification to contest the election to the office of the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria. “The petitioners state that by Section 31 (1) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), every political party shall not later than 60 days before the date appointed for a general election submit to the Commission in the prescribed form the list of the candidates the party proposes to sponsor at the elections. “Further, by Section 31(2) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), the list or information submitted by each candidate shall be accompanied by an affidavit sworn to by the candidate at the Federal High Court, High Court of a State or Federal Capital Territory indicating that he has fulfilled all the constitutional requirements for election into that office. “The 2nd respondent filled and submitted Form CF001 to the 1st Respondent, which was declared before the Commissioner for Oaths at the Registry of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on the 8th day of October, 2018. The said Form CF001 is accompanied by an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT indicating that the 1st Respondent received same. “The petitioners aver that the said Form CF001 filled by the 2nd Respondent and submitted to the 1st Respondent for the Office of President was also accompanied by the Curriculum Vitae of the 2nd Respondent as well as GENERAL FORM OF AFFIDAVIT duly sworn to by the 2nd respondent at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, along with copies of his Membership Card of the 3rd Respondent and Voter Card. “The information submitted to the 1st respondent (INEC) by the 2nd respondent (Buhari) is false and of a fundamental nature in aid of his education qualification, notwithstanding that he had declared in the said sworn affidavit as follows: ‘I hereby declare that all the answers, facts and particulars I have given in this Form, are true and correct and I have to the best of my knowledge, fulfilled all the requirements for qualifications for the office I am seeking to be elected’.” They stated that the educational institutions Buhari “claimed to have attended and the certificates presented by him namely, Elementary School Daura and Mai Aduaa between 1948 and 1952, Middle School Katsina between 1953 and 1956 and Katsina Provincial College (now Government College, Katsina) between 1956 to 1961 and mentioned by the 2nd respondent in his curriculum vitae attached to Form CF 001, were not in existence as of those mentioned dates.” They added, “The 2nd respondent in Form CF 001 filled and submitted by him to the 1st Respondent at Paragraph C, Column 2, Page 3, under SECONDARY, wrote “WASC,” thereby falsely claiming that qualification whereas there was no qualification known as WASC as of 1961. “The petitioners contend that the 2nd Respondent was, at the material time, not qualified to contest election for the exalted office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “The petitioners further aver that all votes purportedly cast for the 2nd and 3rd Respondents on 23rd February, 2019 during the Presidential Election and as subsequently declared by the 1st Respondent on February 27, 2019 are wasted votes in that the 2nd Respondent was not qualified to contest the said election in the first place or at all.” Names of 21 Senior Advocates of Nigeria and 18 other lawyers appeared on the petition. The legal team is led by Mr Livy Uzoukwu (SAN). They sought among their five main prayers, that the tribunal should determine that Buhari “was not duly elected by a majority of lawful votes cast in the said election” and therefore his declaration and return by INEC “as the President of Nigeria is unlawful, undue, null, void and of no effect”. They also prayed that Atiku having been “duly and validly elected” ought to be “returned as President of Nigeria, having polled the highest number of lawful votes cast at the election to the office of the President of Nigeria held on February 23, 2019 and having satisfied the constitutional requirements for the said election. They sought “an order directing the 1st respondent (INEC) to issue a Certificate of Return to the 1st petitioner (Atiku) as the duly elected President of Nigeria”. They also asked the tribunal to rule that Buhari “was at the time of the election not qualified to contest the said election”, and that he “submitted to the Commission affidavit containing false information of a fundamental nature in aid of his qualification for the said election”. However, they sought as their alternative prayer, “that the election to the office of the President of Nigeria held on February 23, 2019 be nullified and a fresh election ordered.” The petitioners are relying on 50 sets of documents which they, in the petition, gave INEC the notice to produce the original copies of those in its custody. Some of the documents are, “INEC Nomination Form CF001 of the 2nd respondent (Buhari); all INEC result sheets;(Form EC8 Series), EC8A, EC8B, EC8C, EC8D and EC8E – Certificate of Return; PDP Party Membership Cards; INEC Voter Cards; all witnesses’ party membership cards; and all Witnesses’ Voter Cards.” The petitioners also sought to rely on, “the circulars/corrigenda/manuals issued by INEC for the conduct of the Presidential Election held on 23/2/2019; Polling Unit materials checklist; summary of total registered voters on units’ basis; summary of PVCs collected on units’ basis; Voter Registers and letters of complaints over irregularities and malpractices during the election addressed to the INEC/Police/other relevant agencies/institutions.” They also sought to rely on “security reports relating to the election video/audio recordings/DVD/CD relating to the Election; Election Observers’ or Observers’ Reports; Newspaper/Television/ Radio reports and news; appointment letters and tags of PDP agents; expert reports and analysis; and photographs and GSM and other phone outputs”.
  6. Nollywood actor cum politician, Desmond Elliot, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been re-elected to Surulere constituency l, Lagos State House of Assembly. In the result announced on Sunday, he scored 15,357 votes, while Benjamin Olasunkanmi, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came second with 3,628 votes. The State Constituency Returning Officer, Dr Bolajoko Dixon-Ogbechi from the University of Lagos, made the declaration at the Surulere Local Government Collation Centre in Lagos. Big congrats to him!
  7. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army has concluded plans to disrupt the March 9, 2019 Governorship and State Assembly elections in the state. Governor Wike said that the 6 Division has mapped out local government areas where they will initiate violence to ensure that elections are not conducted like they did during the Presidential and National Assembly elections. Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said: "They are plotting to cause crisis, so that the Governorship and State Assembly will be cancelled. "That is what the 6 Division is planning". He said despite the militarization of the elections, there are areas that some political parties cannot win because they are the strongholds of the PDP. "Did APC win the Presidential election in Rivers State? It doesn't matter what they do, they will not win. "There are areas that are no go areas. You don't kill people simply because you want to win. Look at how they shed innocent blood because they want to get 25percent or they want to satisfy the ego of one or two individuals ", he said. Governor Wike said that the PDP in Rivers State is prepared for the elections . He said the party campaigned and interfaced with Rivers people. "We have been prepared for these elections. There is no party that campaigned the way we did. Nobody is more prepared for the elections ", he said. He added: "You cannot change the will of the people. It is difficult ". Governor Wike has revived Rivers State through massive infrastructural projects, empowerment and economic development programmes. Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media .
  8. 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...
  9. 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.”
  10. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed March 9 to conduct a supplementary presidential election in areas where the poll was canceled last Saturday. Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner for information and voter education, said the supplementary polls will be conducted alongside the governorship and state houses of assembly elections. Okoye said the decision was reached during the commission’s meeting with resident electoral commissioners (RECs) on Thursday in Abuja. INEC had canceled the presidential elections in some areas as a result of violence, which prevented the commission from deploying personnel and materials for the exercise. Some of the places affected include two local government areas in River state as well as other parts of Lagos and Anambra states. “Consequently, the meeting decided that supplementary elections will be conducted in all areas where elections did not take place and/or where returns could not be made on Saturday, 9th March 2019 alongside the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections,” Okoye said in a statement issued Friday.
  11. We Won’ t Recognise Buhari As President Beyond May 29 – CUPP Meanwhile, the Coalition of United Political Parties has vowed not to recognise Buhari as Nigeria’ s President beyond May 29 , 2019. The CUPP said the opposition parties would ensure, within civil means , that Buhari did not enjoy what they called a stolen mandate based on his declaration as the winner of last Saturday’ s presidential election . The coalition ’ s national spokesman , Imo Ugochinyere, made the political parties ’ position known in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday. Ugochinyere urged Nigerians to continue to support the opposition parties in their quest to retrieve the mandate for the rightful owner. He said, “The opposition rejects the cooked and panel - beaten figures and will not recognise General Muhammadu Buhari as carrier of legitimate mandate beyond May 29 , 2019. “We will do everything within civil and legal means to stop his enjoyment of a mandate soaked in the blood of his people. “We hereby declare the President as the carrier of stolen mandate and urge all Nigerians to continue to resist within civil means this robbery and continue to support the opposition to retrieve this mandate and bestow it to the rightful owner. We shall never give up . “We assure all Nigerians that the CUPP shall, starting from today ( Wednesday), continue to lead the struggle to expose him and ensure what he stole is returned by the force of law. ” Describing Buhari ’ s victory as pyrrhic , Ugochinyere claimed that there was evidence nationwide that the 2019 presidential election was a clear departure from the electoral gains made in 2015 . He said it was glaring that the ruling All Progressives Congress stole votes and suppressed votes of the opposition to such an extent that the election was the worst since Nigeria’ s return to democracy in 1999 . He added , “This electoral robbery by the Presidency can only be compared to the electoral heists of 1963 and 1983. “Buhari has insulted us all and our sensibilities. He has dared us all. He raped our electoral decency . In a bid to hang on to power with the crooks under him , he murdered democracy . “Only a person who lacks understanding will congratulate a man who set out to burn down our electoral system. We ask , how do you accept this madness ? “Accepting this without as much as stiff resistance and exposing the fraud that was committed by President Buhari and the APC in this election is the recipe for future stealing of votes and massive voter apathy since voters will not have confidence in the system and this vicious cycle will continue perpetually. There must be an end to vote stealing .” While recalling that the President refused to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law, Ugochinyere alleged that Buhari’ s supporters aided by security forces, burnt card readers , stole electoral materials and sabotaged distribution . “His soldiers , acting on his instructions against the judgement of court , chased the PDP agents out of collation centres. “Returning Officers were held at gunpoint with security forces watching , in Imo , and made to announce fake figures. “In Akwa Ibom , votes were destroyed and cancelled to reduce figures. In Lagos , he supported ethnic violence ; votes for the first time were burnt because of President Buhari . “Hundreds of thousands of citizens in Sabon Gari in Kano never voted because President Buhari ensured they never did because he was afraid he did not have their votes . “He planned this onslaught on the people because he already knew he failed to perform and that the people had rejected him . “Nobody was shot dead for ballot snatching, rather innocent Nigerian voters and citizens opposing this robbery were killed in Kogi , Akwa Ibom, Rivers , Delta etc by security forces. “The only recorded incident of apprehension of ballot box snatchers was as a result of the implementation of Opposition Code 20 by citizens in Lagos . “His audacity that he will rob us and remain President is most insulting . He can get an announcement but he cannot get our support . He can rule with the guns and continue to kill and maim but we must stand firm from now till the end . “President Buhari is not the man we voted. Our President is dancing and celebrating on the rivers of blood of slain citizens, ” Ugochinyere added . He said it was clear to Nigerians why Buhari destroyed the Supreme Court and removed the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, illegally. He said, “He knew he would rob the people and had to first make sure that justice would be denied the people from the illegitimate head of the Supreme Court.” Copyright PUNCH .
  12. The Nigerian Army on Wednesday, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State paraded 30 suspect, including a serving Commissioner, lawmaker in the Rivers House of Assembly and a Major in the army over an alleged plan by Governor Nyesom Wike to use them to comprise members of the Nigerian Army in last Saturday’s Presidential election. Also paraded was Wike’s Camp Commandant, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, in Government House. The Army Public Relations Office,r 6 Division Nigerian Army (NA), Colonel Iliyasu Aminu, who paraded the suspects to Journalists on a live television said there was a daring attempt by Wike to compromise security agencies, particularly troops of 6 Division NA with hefty financial inducements to help him in his illegitimate act of thwarting a free and fair electoral process to his favour while accusing the army and its command hierarchy of bias daily. He stated that the army, in close collaboration and synergy with all other security agencies in the Division’s Area of Responsibility (AOR) which covers, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers States and its commitment and loyalty to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria resolved to be neutral and apolitical, but was underestimated by Wike. He said “on Saturday, 23rd February, 2019 at about 8:45 am following a tip of on attempt by Governor Wike’s aids to induce and compromise troops deployed at the CBN Port Harcourt premises, Major AP Ubah and 3 other Police personnel, DSP Owen Oyoku Irikefe (Camp Commandant, Rivers State Govt House), Sgt Akanu Garba , Inspector Hycent Oboi and Sgt Nketan Chucks were arrested by a team from HQ 6 Division.” Colonel Iliyasu revealed that Preliminary investigations led to the discovery of N2.25 million in a Range Rover belonging to the DSP. Other items recovered are 4 INEC 2019 Electoral Tags, Customised Rivers State Government House brown envelopes while the sum of 500,000 was found in the Toyota vehicle belonging to Maj AP Ubah which he confessed was given to him by the Governor’s aides in addition to offer of a well-furnished accommodation for the period of his tour of duty. According to Iliyasu, “on the same day, at about 7:00 am, a member of Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Opokri Wanaka, representing Ahoada East in company of Dr Reason Onya Williams, Rivers State Commissioner for Urban Development visited own troops Camp at Akinima and requested to be acquainted with the Commander of the troops at the location. Hon Opokri offered the officer some amount of money he removed from his pocket but the officer not only rejected the offer but sent the duo away. “Incidentally, while the officer and his men were manning a Check Point at Mbiama Bridge, a white Hilux vehicle with a Rivers State Government Reg No.L02-03RV RIVERS and 8 occupants was stopped for routine search and clearance. A carton and 2 bundles of INEC 2019 presidential Election ballot papers were discovered in the vehicle. “Preliminary investigation reveals that none of the occupants of the vehicle is an INEC staff, INEC Ad-hoc staff or security agent.” According to the spokesman, on-the spot interrogations, Wanaka and Williams revealed that they allegedly tried to convince the troops that the vehicle was part of INEC’s convoy that was left behind and that the vehicle should be allowed to go because the electorate were waiting. “However, when the vigilant officer refused to be convinced, Dr Reason immediately placed a call to Governor Wike and His Excellency requested to speak with the officer who declined and requested the Governor to please call the GOC. After much resistance, the officer gave Dr Reason Onya Willams his number to pass to Governor Wike which he did via Whatsapp message. Within 10 minutes Governor Wike placed a call to the officer. “The recorded audio voice telephone conversation alleged to be that of Governor Wike was played over and over for Journalists. The bundles of money found on the camp Commandant and the Major AP Uba were display before the Journalists,” he said. However, there was a mild drama during the parade which was beamed live on television, Dr Reason Onya, DSP Irikefe and other suspects denied the allegations, alleging that they were deliberately framed to get at Wike. In swift reaction, Wike said the State Government had written to the International Criminal Court to prosecute the General Officer Commanding ( GOC) 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarhem for prosecution for crimes against humanity. Wike said instead of running in circles, the GOC should explain to Nigerians the reasons why the 6 Division allegedly stormed Collation Centres in Ikwerre, Emohua and Okrika Local Government Areas with INEC Electoral Officers, accusing him of stealing electoral materials and concocting results.
  13. The United States Consul-General to Nigeria, John Bray has called for an end to the violence and deaths associated with the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Rivers State. Addressing journalists at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Sunday after a meeting with Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Wike, the International Diplomat decried the violence that greeted the polls in some parts of the state. It will be recalled that soldiers of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army unleashed violence on Abonnema in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area where they killed 15 innocent PDP members. The military also killed two PDP Agents in Emohua Local Government Area on Saturday. He said: "I am here as an international observer. We have been watching elections in Rivers State. "I am not here to grade elections or anything like that . I am just here to say that there has been enough violence. "Enough people have died. I am here today to speak with all the different candidates and party leaders".
  14. Even before the polls were counted, president Muhammadu Buhari was 100% confident he was going to win. From where will that confidence be in a nation hardly thriving from division, disunity and economic woes? It’s definitely not from his performance and competency. The Economy, security and corruption in the nation have been worst in relative terms and places. The nation is plagued with more youth unemployment, more ethnic killings, more kidnappings nationwide, more poverty and widespread corruption in every small corner. The only source of his assurance therefore remains the INCUMBENCY FACTOR or precisely the offical corruption. From TraderMoni implemented in few months to election, to EFCC harassment of opposition finances, vote buying, use of public funds in mobilization for campaigns, posters and the monopoly of national TV and radio for ruling party campaigns. The deliberate use of religion as a campaign strategy in mosques. Use of armed forces to harass voters in some place and opposition in others, etc. The 2019 presidential polls were manipulated from inception to collation. Don’t mention the card reader ruse. This no two honest people argue about that. The only argument is that both sides did it. Therefore, without denial of doing it, I conclude that the true looser is integrity and respect. It has finally sealed the tortuous history of Gen. Muhammad Buhari political career with the stain of embracing everything corruption if he’s able to clinch to power after a full term of exercising power with the slogan of fighting corruption. The real winner is thus the true diagnosis of the real corruption that has damped the soul of the nation. Share hypocrisy in every quarter. We Muslim are obliged to be honest to the core. “O ye who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah should be more preferred than both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well- acquainted with all that ye do.” Q4/135. 2019 presidential polls have exposed the deep rot in the seemingly conservative northern Muslim society. I was shocked seeing poor village women lined up receiving N500 note each with instructions to vote the ruling party. Under-aged voters. Using the minbar as a partisan political pulpit. Name it, it all happened and widely. Zamfara’s case is the most pathetic. The president, INEC chairman, the security chiefs are all muslims. This is disgusting that such a colossal rigging and incompetency will happened with their apparent collaboration or silence. Islam remain free of any obligation to all human malevolence. The true winner in this poll, is the opposition that was for long suppressed with the stigma of ‘looters’ and corruption. No healthy governance develops without good effective opposition. Otherwise the nation was truly drifting to a one state party authoritarian dictatorship. We can see what is happening at present in Algeria, Sudan and our neighbors the Cameron . Therefore, the reemergence of the opposition back in full force to the extent that the ruling party has to embrace full blown corruption and rigging to retain power struggling with few millions of rigged votes is absolutely amazing and a good prognosis of a better nation. Truly Atiku Abubakar should be saluted for his dogged stand against authoritarian leadership tendencies. He has saved the nation is a way only history will vindicate him. I therefore urged him to reject the fake results, no credit should be given to falsehood and seek redress in the court of law, the same way, the president did in his previous attempts, he knows better when injustice is served. I call on every citizen to conduct themselves with decorum and peaceful dialogue and follow the laws to its reasonable conclusion. One thing -for sure- is that this nation needs urgent restructuring. INEC needs an overhaul. And like in some countries, the chairman should be elected by members of the state assemblies. All political prisoners should be released. May Allah continue to protect us all from the evil of men and the unseen. Ameen Dr AHMED ABUBAKAR GUMI .
  15. The Returning Officer for the Imo West senatorial district election, Professor Ibeawuchi Innocent, said that he was made to declare Governor Rochas Okorocha the winner of the election under duress. Ibeawuchi said this while announcing the results of the poll held in the district on Monday February 25th. “I declared this thing before under duress. I’m still under duress declaring this one. That Okorocha Anayo Rochas of APC, having satisfied the requirements of the law, has scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.” he said
  16. Nigerian entertainer and political activist, Charly Boy has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari who was announced the winner of the 2019 presidential election a few hours ago. In his message, Charly Boy hailed Buhari and his cabal brothers for how smartly they operated in the politics of Nigeria.
  17. 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.”
  18. 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
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    CAN WE ESCAPE THIS GATHERING STORM?

    Forty-eight hours after our elections, we still have no results. There is hardly any voter in Nigeria, who does not know the results of elections in his polling booth. The INEC server is down, yanked off by INEC. Conflicting results dominate the social media. The two major national parties claim contradictory victories. Returning officers in Rivers and Imo claim to be under siege, being executed by a minister and a governor respectively. Igbos in Lagos are being threatened for exercising their civic rights to vote. This morning, they were stopped from opening their market stalls in Oshodi. The Acting Inspector General of Police refused to pick my three calls to him. The Oba of Lagos remains quiet. The Governor of Lagos State makes no broadcast. The safety of more than four million Igbos living in Lagos seems to be of no concern to him. The Jagaban threatens Igbos to relocate, if they do not vote for his party. Thanks to Afenifere for its salutary and comforting voice. The Commander- in- Chief, maintains an ominous silence. The International Community wonders what a country this is. Professor Yakubu Mahmood be warned. Remember 1966. Remember 1983. Our democracy was upturned on those two occasions for the action or inaction of our electoral commission. Governor Umahi, you cannot be Chairman of South-East Governors and remain unconcerned about the plight of Igbos in Lagos and unperturbed by the manipulation of our votes in the South-East. History is recording our action and inaction. I appeal to Igbos to remain calm and law-abiding while remaining resolute on our resolve to seize the moment of this election to change the character of our governance. May the Almighty God save our country from sliding into another crisis. John Nnia Nwodo President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.
  20. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected results of the presidential elections being announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Uche Secondus, PDP national chairman, said the results being announced are “incorrect and unacceptable” to the party. He said this at an ongoing press conference in Abuja. The PDP national chairman said the party has discovered “irregularities” in results so far announced from Nasarawa state and the FCT. He alleged that the current administration “colluded” with INEC and security agencies to manipulate results from polling units across the country. “Our collation centres have the original results from all the polling units in the country. That is from where are going to reclaim our results,” he said. “The results are incorrect and unacceptable to our party. Officials of the APC working with INEC have decided to alter results to affect our people. This must now be resisted by every well-meaning Nigerian. “INEC must live up to its responsibility. They are under pressure. We have the facts and when the time comes, we begin to release them.” Secondus added the PDP will update Nigerians “as time goes on” regarding their decisions in other states yet to be announced. More to follow…
  21. Senator Barnabas Gemade, representing Benue Northeast District (Zone A) has called for the cancellation of the senatorial result from the area, alleging massive rigging. But his co-contestant, ex-Governor Gabriel Suswam, has advised him to accept defeat in good faith. Daily Trust reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has not yet declared the winner of the seat. Gemade, who is seeking a third term mandate on the platform of Social Democratic Party, SDP, told newsmen at the INEC headquarters in Makurdi on Monday morning that he was at the commission to report noticeable problems which characterised the elections in his area. “When electoral rules are not followed, you (I’m) asking for cancellation,” he said. He said the Suswam’s Peoples Democratic Party perpetuated electoral fraud in his area, using all manners of miscreants to thumbprint ballot papers in their party’s favour in five out of the seven local government areas which make up the district. He therefore, called on INEC not to declare whatever ‘fake’ result being brought to its office. Suswam, who stormed INEC headquarters few minutes after Gemade left, said he came to ensure that his victory at the polls was not upturned just as he denied any election malpractice in the district. “The honourable thing to do is to accept defeat. When he (Gemade) defeated me as a sitting governor in 2015, I accepted it in good faith. I didn’t even go to court. I expect that when the results are finally announced, he should congratulate the winner,” the former governor added.
  22. Stuart Symington, US ambassador to Nigeria, has warned against the release of results which are not from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Symington also asked key candidates not to claim victory before the final announcement by INEC. He also appealed to politicians to honour the peace accord signed to ensure successful polls. The US envoy said the elections were “predominantly peaceful” except for violence recorded in a few places. “I congratulate the tens of millions of Nigerians who stood patiently in long lines to vote this week and the hundreds of thousands who worked together with INEC to conduct the elections,” Symington said in a statement. “As noted by many observer groups in their preliminary reports, this election was predominantly peaceful, and it was proof of the Nigerian people’s resolute commitment to choose their leaders. “The peaceful achievement of millions was shadowed by the violence of a few. We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives, and we urge all candidates to honor the Peace Accord they signed. “No one should break the law by announcing results before INEC does, or break the peace by claiming victory before the results are final. “Everyone has a common interest in showing patience as INEC collates and announces the election results.”
  23. 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.
  24. Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Federal SARS, Kola Okunola, has been taken hostage by thugs loyal to Chief Timipre Sylva and the member representing Brass Constituency 1 in the Bayelsa State House òf Assembly, Israel Sunny-Goli. The Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Kemela Okara, said that the thugs led by Sunny Goli and backed by the military are mounting pressure on the Deputy Commissioner òf Police to accept fake results from Brass. He added that the Deputy Commissioner of police refusal to sign the fake result caused a disagreement between the police officer and a Major of the Nigerian Army and his men. According to him, the DCP who insisted on submitting the right results to INEC was token hostage in the waters and stripped naked by the thugs. The situation has caused serious tension in Brass. He lamented that the Nigerian Army seemed to have taken charge of collation òf the election results in Brass.
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    Speaker Yakubu Dogara Wins!

    Speaker Yakubu Dogara Wins!!! PDP--------72,334 APC--------51,664 One Polling unit outstanding. Congrats Dogara. - Chidi Cali
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