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TABLE: Amosun In, Ajimobi, Saraki Out... Winners And Losers Of The Senatorial Election

27 February 2019 - 8:11am

Nigerians are still lost in the frenzy of celebration and oppsotion to the President Muhammadu Buhari's victory at the 2019 presidential poll, and it is understandable. But Buhari and Atiku Abubakar are not the only centres of attention from Saturday's vote.

Prominent poiticians are still smarting from their ouster from the upper legislative chamber or their failures to get inside in the first place, while others, some having caused some unlike upsets, are in bullish mood.

From Senate President Bukola Saraki to outgong Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun and his Oyo State counterpart Abiola Ajimobi, below is a compilation of the losers and winners of the 2019 senatorial election.

S/N Name Party Votes Winner/Loser 1 Ibikunle Amosun All Progressives Congress (APC) 88,110 Winner 2 Solomon Sanyaolu Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 33,276 Loser 3 Dino Melaye Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 85,395 Winner 4 Smart Adeyemi All Progressives Congress (APC) 66,901 Loser 5 Ibrahim Oloriegbe All Progressives Congress (APC) 72,277 Winner 6 Bukola Saraki Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 38,919 Loser 7

Ifeanyi Ubah

Young Progressive Party (YPP) 87,081 Winner 8 Chris Uba Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 62,462 Loser 9 Halliru Jiga All Progressives Congress (APC) 120,871 Winner 10 Bappah Aliyu Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) 66,024 Loser 11 Bassey Albert Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 147,731 Winner 12 Bassey Etim All Progressives Congress (APC) 60, 930 Loser 13 Adenigba Fadahunsi Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 114,893 Winner 14 Ajibola Famurewa All Progressives Congress (APC) 105,720 Loser 15 Kola Balogun Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 105,720 Winner 16 Abiola Ajimobi All Progressive Congress 13,502 Loser 17 Ayo Akinyelure   Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 67,994 Winner 18 Tayo Alasoadura All Progressives Congress (APC) 58,092 Loser 1 19 Olusegun Mimiko Zenith Labour Party 56,628 Loser 2 20  Rochas Okorocha All Progressives Congress (APC) 97,762 Winner 21 Jones Onyereri Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 63,117 Loser 22 Ike Ekweremadu Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 86,088 Winner 23 Juliet Ibekaku-Nwaugwu

All Progressives Congress (APC)

15,187 Loser 24 Stella Oduah People’s Democratic Party 113 989 Winner 25 Emmanuel Chinedu All Progressives Grand Alliance 59,937 Loser 26 Teslim Kolawole Folarin All Progressive Congress (APC) 91,080 Winner 27 Oyebisi Ilaja Peoples Democratic Party 83,600 Loser 28 Sa’idu Alkali All Progressives Congress 152,546 Winner 29 Ibrahim Dankwambo Peoples Democratic Party 88,016 Loser 30 Senator Uche Ekwunife Peoples Democratic Party 18,412 Winner 31 Victor Umeh All Progressives Congress 14,403 Loser 32 Ibrahim Hassan All Progressives Congress 184,185 Winner 33 Ubale Shittu Peoples Democratic Party 103,039 Loser 34 Abdullahi Kabir Barkiya All Progressives Congress 340,800 Winner 35 Hamisu Gambo Peoples Democratic Party 124,372 Loser 36 Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya All Progressives Congress 53,512 Winner 37 Usman Muhd Adamu Peoples Democratic Party 39,586 Loser 38 Ahmed Babba Kaita All Progressives Congress 339,438 Winner 39 Mani Nasarawa  Peoples Democratic Party 127,529 Loser 40 Lola Ashiru All Progressives Congress (APC) 89, 704 Winner 41 Rafiu Ibrahim Peoples Democratic Party 45,176 Loser 42 Ajayi Boroffice All Progressives Congress 53,199 Winner 43 Tunji Abayomi Action Alliance 43,100 Loser 44 Opeyemi Bamidele All Progressives Congress 94,279 Winner 45 Obafemi Adewale Peoples Democratic Party 48,707 Loser 46 Danjuma Tella Laah People Democratic Party 268, 923 Winner 47 Barnabas Bala Bantex All Progressives Congress 133, 287 Loser 48 Prince Dayo Adeyeye All Progressives Congress 77, 621 Winner 49 Biodun Olujimi Peoples Democratic Party 53, 741 Loser 50 Muhammad Danjuma Goje All Progressives Congress 110,116 Winner 51 Nasiru Abubakar Nono Peoples Democratic Party 39,155 Loser 52 Olubunmi Adetumbi All Progressives Congress 60, 689 Winner 53 Duro Faseyi Peoples Democratic Party 49, 209 Loser 54 Francis Fadahunsi Peoples Democratic Party 115,893 Winner 55 Jibola Famurewa All Progressives Congress 105,720 Loser 56 Ajibola Bashiru All Progressives Congress 132,821 Winner 57 Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa Peoples Democratic Party 106,779 Loser 58 Comrade Abba Moro Peoples Democratic Party 88,192 Winner 59 Steve Lawani All Progressives Congress 29,901 Loser 60 Oluremi Tinubu All Progressives Congress 131,735 Winner 61 Onitiri David Peoples Democratic Party 89,107 Loser 62 Abdullahi Adamu All Progressives Congress 115,298 Winner 63 Bala Ahmed Aliyu Peoples Democratic Party 85,615 Loser 64 Aliyu Shabi Abdullahi All Progressives Congress 161,420 Winner 65 Muhammad Sani Duba Peoples Democratic Party 77,109 Loser 66 Bima Mohammed Enagi All Progressives Congress 160,614 Winner 67 Shehu Baba Agaie Peoples Democratic Party 90,978 Loser 68 Mohammed Sani Musa All Progressives Congress 229,415 Winner 69 Umaru Almakura All Progressives Congress 113,156 Winner 70 Suleiman Adokwe Peoples Democratic Party 104,595 Loser 71 Suleiman Abdu Kwari All Progressives Congress 411,497 Winner 72 Suleiman Hunkuyi Peoples Democratic Party 181,955 Loser 73 Peter Nwaoboshi Peoples Democratic Party 186,423 Winner 74 Doris Oboh All Progressives Congress 36,350 Loser 75 Alhaji Yakubu Oseni All Progressives Congress 76,120 Winner 76 Natasha Akpoti Social Democratic Party 48,326 Loser 77 Ishiaku Cliff Peoples Democratic Party 7933 (a figure missing) Winner 78 Binta Masi Garba All Progressives Congress 63,219 Loser 79 Aishatu Dahiru Binani All Progressives Congress 188,526 Winner 80 Binta Garba Peoples Democratic Party 96,530 Loser 81 Binu Yero Peoples Democratic Party 164,741 Winner 82 Ahmad MoAllayidi All Progressives Congress 118,129 Loser 83 Ibrahim Shekarau All Progressives Congress 506, 271 Winner 84 Aliyu Sani-Madawakingini Peoples Democratic Party 276, 768 Loser 85 Ovie Omo-Agege All Progressives Congress 111,100 Winner 86 Everlyn Oboro Peoples Democratic Party 99,422 Loser 87 Emmanuel Bwacha Peoples Democratic Party 96,352 Winner 88 Ishaya Bauka All Progressives Congress 51,971 Loser 89 Philip Aduda Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 263,055 Winner 90 Jisalo Zephaniah All Progressives Congress 148,401 Loser 91 James Manager Peoples Democratic Party 258,812 Winner 92 Emmanuel Uduaghan All Progressives Congress 125,776 Loser 93 Uba Sani All Progressives Congress 355,242 Winner 94 Shehu Sani Peoples Redemption Party 70,613 Loser 95 Orji Uzor Kalu All Progressives Congress 31,203 Winner 96 Mao Ohuabunwa Peoples Redemption Party

20,801

Loser 97 Lawal Yahaya Gumau /Ibrahim Zailani All Progressives Congress 250,725 Winner 98 Garba Dahiru Peoples Democratic Party 175,527 Loser 99 Aliyu Wamakko All Progressives Congress 172,980 Winner 100 Ahmed Muhammad-Maccido Peoples Democratic Party 138,922 Loser 101 Adamu Aliero All Progressives Congress 232,000 Winner 102 Shehu Abubakar Peoples Democratic Party 75,638 Loser 103 Ali Ndume All Progressives Congress 300,637 Winner 104 Kudla Haske Peoples Democratic Party 84,608 Loser 105 Lere Oriolowo All Progressives Congress 102,147 Winner 106 Lere Oyewumi Peoples Democratic Party 97,294 Loser 107 George Akume Peoples Democratic Party 157,726 Winner 108 Emmanuel Orker Jev All Progressives Congress 115,422 Loser 109

Akon Eyakenyi

Peoples Democratic Party

122,412

Winner 110

Danladi Sankara

All Progressives Congress

286, 655

Loser 111

Barau Jibril-Maliya

All Progressives Congress

286,419

Winner 112

Ahmed Garba-Bichi

Peoples Democratic Party

155, 638

Loser 113

Kabiru Gaya

All Progressives Congress

319,004

Winner 114

Alhaji Abdullahi Sani-Rogo

Peoples Democratic Party

217,520

Loser 115

Bayo Osinowo

All Progressives Congress

18,728

Winner 116 Abiodun Oyefusi Peoples Democratic Party

13,134

Loser 117

Solomon Adeola (Yayi)

All Progressives Congress

323,817

Winner 118

Gbadebo Rhodes

Peoples Democratic Party

243,516

Loser 119

Abdulfatai Buhari

All Progressives Congress

107, 703

Winner 120

Mulikat Akande Adeola

Peoples Democratic Party

89, 365

Loser 121

Theodore Orji

Peoples Democratic Party

55,461

Winner 122

Nkechi Nwaogu

All Progressives Congress

29,860

Loser 123

Kashim Shettima

All Progressives Congress

342, 898

Winner 124

Abba Aji

Peoples Democratic Party

75, 506

Loser 125

Umar Suleiman Sadiq

All Progressives Congress

98, 170

Winner 126

Zakari Mohammed

Peoples Democratic Party

33, 364

Loser 127 Lekan Mustapha All Progressives Congress 85,761 Winner 128 Ayoola Sosanwo Peoples Democratic Party 83,528 Loser 129 Tolu Odebiyi All Progressives Congress 58,452 Winner 130 Olusegun Gbeleyi Allied Peoples Movement 48,611 Loser 131 Bello Mandiya All Progressives Congress 433,139 Winner 132 Shehu Inuwa Imam Peoples Democratic Party 158,081 Loser 133 Abubakar  Kyari All Progressives Congress 75,565 Winner 134 Isa Lawan Kangar Peoples Democratic Party 35, 123 Loser 135 Michael Ama Nnachi Peoples Democratic Party 103,751 Winner 136 Nweze Onu All Progressives Congress 19,663 Loser 137 Sam Egwu Peoples Democratic Party 80,711 Winner 138 Matthias Adum All Progressives Congress 38,375 Loser 139 Obinna Ogba Peoples Democratic Party 62,452 Winner 140 Julius Ucha All Progressives Congress 46,676 Loser 141 Mohammed Sabo All Progressives Congress 224,543 Winner 142 Mustapha Sule Lamido Peoples Democratic Party 143,611 Loser 143 Ikira Bilbis All Progressives Congress 94,792 Winner 144 Hassan Muhammad Peoples Democratic Party 54,859 Loser 145 Hezekiah Dimka All Progressives Congress 149,457 Winner 146 David Paradang Peoples Democratic Party I45,048 Loser 147 Gabriel Suswam Peoples Democratic Party 148, 645 Winner 148 Mrs Mimi Adzape-Orubibi All Progressives Congress 81, 603 Loser 149 Amos Bunus All Progressives Congress 80,549 Winner 150 Hajiya Binta Bello People Democratic Party 63,312 Loser 151 Abdullahi Ibrahim Gobir All Progressives Congress 170,665 Winner 152 Salihu Maidaji Peoples Democratic Party 140,322 Loser 153 Abubakar Shehu Tambuwal All Progressives Congress 134,224 Winner 154 Ibrahim Danbaba Peoples Democratic Party 112, 546 Loser 155 Abdulaziz Yari All Progressives Congress 153,626 Winner 156 Lawal Hassan Peoples Democratic Party 69,293 Loser 157 Tijani Yahaya Kawa All Progressives Congress   Winner 158       Loser 159 Bala Ibn Na’Allah All Progressives Congress 136,187 Winner 160 Benjamin Dikki Peoples Democratic Party 62,733 Loser 161 Yaya Abdulahi All Progressives Congress   Winner 162 Ibrahim Gaidam All Progressives Congress 139, 277 Winner 163 Tata Abbagana Peoples Democratic Party 18,059 Loser 164 Ibrahim Bomoi All Progressives Congress 118, 729 Winner 165 Mohammed Hassan Peoples Democratic Party 89,049 Loser 166 Ahmed Lawan All Progressives Congress 144,099 Winner 167 Sherriff Abullahi Peoples Democratic Party 53,443 Loser 168 Chimaroke Nnamani Peoples Democratic Party 128,843 Winner 169 Prince Lawrence Eze All Progressives Congress 14,225 Loser 170 Chika Utazi Peoples Democratic Party   Winner 171       Loser 172 Donye Diri Peoples Democratic Party   Winner 173       Loser 174 Sandy Onor Peoples Democratic Party 80,126 Winner 175 Ndoma-Egba All Progressives Congress 60,298 Loser 176 Rose Oko Peoples Democratic Party 100,967 Winner 177 Wabily Nyiam All Progressives Congress 36,129 Loser 178 Gershom Bassey Peoples Democratic Party 158, 862 Winner 179 Prince Otu All Progressives Congress 142,166 Loser 180 Thompson George Sekibo Peoples Democratic Party   Winner 181   All Progressives Congress   Loser 182 Betty Apiafi Peoples Democratic Party   Winner 183       Loser 184 Parry Mpigi Peoples Democratic Party   Winner 185 Matthew Urhoghide Peoples Democratic Party 135, 588 Winner 186 Patrick Obahiagbon All Progressives Congress 121,957 Loser 187 Clifford Ordia Peoples Democratic Party 56,048 Winner 188 John Inegbedion All Progressives Congress 49,158 Loser 189 Francis Alimikhena All Progressives Congress 117, 783 Winner 190 Abubakar Momoh Peoples Democratic Party 80, 752 Loser 191 Godiya Akwashiki All Progressives Congress 54,104 Winner 192 John Mike-Abdul Peoples Democratic Party 48,133 Loser 193                  

 

Editor's Note: This list will be updated from time to time to reflect current results.

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INEC Presents Certificates Of Return To Buhari, Osinbajo

27 February 2019 - 7:48am


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented certificates of return to President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

APC won the presidential election with 15,191,847 votes against 11,262,968 votes secured by the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The certificates were presented to the duo by Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC Chairman.

Buhari and Osinbajo were present at the event, which held at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja on Wednesday afternoon, alongside their wives.

Speaking at the event, Buhari said: "I wish to congratulate all the presidential candidates and their teams for a hard fought campaign. We may have had different views during the campaign but the one thing most of us had in common is the love for our country.

“I therefore want to assure we will continue to engage all parties that have the best interest of Nigerians at heart.

“Our government will remain inclusive and our doors will remain open.”
 

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Open Letter To President Muhammadu Buhari, Federal Republic Of Nigeria By Umar Faruk Usman

27 February 2019 - 5:02am


To me the 2019 general election outcome was a given, Mr. President you are confident from the start up to the end you motivate us and assured us victory, and I quote “ I will win this election because of the massive turn out of people I saw during my campaign across the thirty-seven states of the Nation”. Congratulation on your victory, it has been hard for the past eight weeks, campaining from state to state, considering your age you did excellently.

From my home state, Borno, we used to love, we still love you and we will continue to love you, we consider you family as you were once a governor in our state, your intergrity has always prevails, your leadership quality is world widely recognize as excellent, since the first time you contest for presidency in 2003 to date, 2019, we voted for you five out of five with big margins, and I quote “hard work will pay off”. As security situation is concern you did well, we hope and expect the end of Boko haram soon, as for our economy it’s not good, most of us are farmers and traders with lots of investment in the rural areas, which are not easily accessible now.

The federal government scheme namely ‘Rice Anchor Borrower’ was an excellent scheme, many Nigerians farmers benefitted from it and the outcome of the scheme was superb. On the other hand in my state Borno, many farmers despite the availability of materials were not able to farm, some manage to farm in the state while some in another state. Regarding such matte,r I urge the federal government to initiate a livestock farming in Borno state.

The North-east as a whole we are expecting a lot from you Sir, the North-east development comission is yet to be seen, the railway is still in zero progress, I urge the federal government to start with the short distance train stations across North-east like other part of the country.

Eventually, I will like to congratulate you again on your victory for resuming office as president re-elect. Thank you

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Soldiers Forced Collation Officers At Gunpoint To Allocate Figures To APC In Bayelsa, Says Dickson

27 February 2019 - 4:32am


Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State, has alleged that collation officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were forced at gunpoint to declare figures for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the presidential and National Assembly elections held in the state.

According to Dickson, figures were illegally allocated to President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate and other candidates of the party in Nembe Bassambiri and Southern Ijaw Local Government Areas of the state.

A statement signed by Fidelis Soriwei,

Dickson's Special Adviser on Media Relations, noted that elections did not take place in Nembe Bassambiri and Constituency 4 of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

The Governor said what happened in Nembe and Southern Ijaw was a blatant violation of the rights of the people to elect their leaders and representatives.

He stated further that Timipre Sylva, a former governor of the state, an oil surveillance contractor, David Lion, and officer of the Nigerian Army commandeered materials to non designated locations and held electoral officers hostage to allocate fake figures at gunpoint.

He said it was the height of absurdity for INEC, whose staff have admitted and spoken out against the abduction and violence in the area, to declare results for the seven wards of Nembe Bassambiri and Constituency 4 of Southern Ijaw.

He said: “Our state condemns the purported result from constituency 4 of Southern Ijaw and the seven Nembe wards. We want the world and INEC to know that what happened in Nembe Bassambiri and Southern Ijaw Constituency 4 was a blatant assault on the rights of our people.

“There was no election, no vote, yet Timipre Sylva and David Lion, and his thugs backed by the Army, commandeered electoral officials and materials to non designated locations and held them hostage to allocate fake figures.

“In the case of Brass, Army officers further compelled collation officers at gunpoint to allocate figures to their party, the APC, from votes that were never cast, votes that were never captured by card readers.

“We are calling on INEC to announce cancellation and discountenance itself from this charade and investigate and punish all its officers who are complicit in this. We call on the Army authorities to do the same.

“Nigerians should discountenance the purported figures allotted to President Buhari and the other APC candidates based on which they are declared winners of House of Reps and Senate seats.”

The Governor said Bayelsa and her people would do everything to "fight the brazen violation of the rights of the people to elect their leaders and representatives".

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Nigeria 2019: A Long Wait To Vote By Comrade Muhammed Adoke

27 February 2019 - 3:56am


Challenged by main rival, Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari had to tango with Seventy One other Candidates which includes the highest proportion of younger aspirants for the most revered Political Position in Nigeria's Democratic history. With the two major political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) boastful of immense support bases from the Northern and Southern parts of the country respectively, victory for either Candidates was predictably wrested in the turnouts and directions of voters from the Middle Belt States of the country.

Behold, the die was cast when the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu announced about 24hours earlier that voting were to commence by 8:00am on Saturday, 23rd February, 2019.

The early hours of the election day was serene and thick with a lot of anxieties and expectations among Abuja residents and Nigerians at large. It was to be a day we, Nigerian voters would determine who governs us for the next term of Four years. As seen by several million Nigerians, the election could be compared to as a referrandum on the incumbent administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, to either remain or leave.

This election, typically Nigerian, is not without concerns. Having rescheduled the election barely five hours before voting were set to commence, from its initial date of February 16th 2019, to one week later (February 23rd, 2019), the Independent National Electoral Commission gave credence to pessimism among millions of Nigerians. The Head of INEC may have blatantly refused to acknowledge the fact that the Logistics failure of the body is either due to corruption or inefficiency from that department. Should he accept this premise, then, one would beg to ask if extra One Week is enough to cover up for the lapses of over three years of preparations by the Electoral Commission. No doubt, the electorates are bound to smell something fishy thence.

A quick look at the figures shows that out of 84,004,084 registered voters across the country, about 72 million Nigerians collected their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), and thus, are eligible to vote. But, the nut-cracking question was, would the 72 million eligible voters exercise their franchise?

Going further, the turn out of voters in this year's election is remarkably high compared to previous elections in the country. Indeed, it is evident of a renewed sense of Nationalism and the fact that Nigerians are beginning to understand the importance of their votes in determining the Nation's destiny.

Also noteworthy, is the seemingly non-interferrence  demonstrated by the State throughout the electioneering processes. This, indeed, is a plus to Nigeria's fledging Democracy. Truth be told, there were several instances where an INEC Officials and ad hoc Staffs alike, had been remanded and are set to be prosecuted for conformity with certain Political parties. This, of course, is a shock reversal from the known hanky panky and hob-nobbings among INEC officials and politicians.

But, aside the many positives, there were as much sad tales. Expectedly, the Nigerian Factor played out throughout the electioneering processes, and the resultant consequences are appalling.

To begin with, Voting did not commenced in over 53% of the polling units across the country as and when due—8:00am. In the city of Abuja where I write from, voting did not begin at LEA Primary School, 3rd Avenue, Gwarinpa until about 12:35 noon. Such delays led to voter apathy in so many parts of the country where voters got tired of waiting, even though, there were extensions of voting time to cover for the loss hours.

In addition, the cases of dysfunctional card readers were too rampant and shameful for the system. Having abolished the use of incident forms, which provided leverage to Card readers' failure in 2015 election, I had thought that Prof Mahmood's INEC had found lasting solutions to the clog. Nay, my thoughts and expectations turned out to be futile exercises. Nigerians were once again faced with the embarrassing disenfranchisement caused by Card Reader Failures.

How could an election with a budget of over 250billion naira be faced with such avoidable hitch? Wonder I am to imagine how the last Three and Half years had been spent in preparation for this project!

The frustrations of voters were compounded by pockets of violence unleashed by political thugs in some parts of the country. Inasmuch as I had not expected a hitch-free election (based on past experiences), even though it turned out to be relatively peaceful in several parts of the country; still, the rate of violence and casualties before, on, and after the election day is disheartening.

There were reports of killings in Rivers, Kogi, Kano, Bayelsa, Oyo, Lagos and Delta States of the country. The casualty figures, as estimated by this writer, is not less than Fifty.

Heart broken, young and first time Nigerian Voters (between the ages of 18-20 years) laments bitterly on the paradox of Democracy as a form of Government which has to be sustained with the blood of Citizens in this part of the World.

Looking forward, 2019 General Elections in Nigeria can be adjudged as a gap-bridging exercise in the Nation's Electoral Processes. However, to achieve near perfection in the future, there is the need for a National Discourse on the subject matter. Starting with, certain clauses in the Electoral Acts need to be revisited. These include but are not limited to; the criteria for fielding political parties, financial discipline among Candidates and their Political Parties, consideration of votes from Nigerians in Diaspora, tougher sanctions on vote buying and rigging among several others. Also, the Independent National Electoral Commission in collaboration with Law Enforcement Agencies should do more in ensuring strict adherence to stipulated regulations. Politicians and the Electorates must be re-conscientized on the essence of playing by the rules. Nigerians should embrace such moves in the spirit of Nationalism.

Meanwhile, now that President Muhammadu Buhari has been re-elected, after polling a total votes of 15,191,847 against his closest rival Atiku Abubakar who had 11,262,978, Nigerians and the World can reflect on this results as a nod for Continuity (for the incumbent administration) by the People. Hence, while congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory, and the INEC for a Fair and Transparent (but not free election?), I hope that the Electoral body in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations would go back to the drawing board to ensure that the shortcomings of this year's election are addressed before it is too late.

Instructively, to put an end to the major banes confronting Nigeria's Electoral system, which of course are votes buying, ballot box snatching, and fuelling of violence, INEC must ensure that perpetrators do not go Scott-free. This should be done by not only targeting and prosecuting the footsoldiers but also their Masters, Sponsors, and Political Parties alike. Inclusive is the dire need for improved Logistics by the Electoral Body in subsequent elections. If Nigeria is not ripe for the use of Card Readers, innovations must be made for more transparent and accommodating mechanisms to checkmate the current scourge of disenfranchisement of her Electorates.

To crown it all, I dream of a Nigeria where Political Office holders are stripped of their portfolios and jailed by the Courts for their involvement in the heinous crimes of vote buying, rigging and sponsored touting during elections. If that be the case, Nigeria's democracy can be said to have fully attained it's peak and thus, worthy of emulation as the giant of a Free and Democratic Africa! May the sun rise tomorrow...

 

_Comrade Muhammed Adoke_ a Writer, Social Commentator, and Activist, is a Media Assistant at Northern Nigeria Initiative For Peace, Unity and Development, Abuja.

Email: muhammedjamiuadoke@gmail.com

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Nigeria 2019: A Long Wait To Vote By Comrade Muhammed Adoke

27 February 2019 - 3:56am


Challenged by main rival, Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari had to tango with Seventy One other Candidates which includes the highest proportion of younger aspirants for the most revered Political Position in Nigeria's Democratic history. With the two major political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) boastful of immense support bases from the Northern and Southern parts of the country respectively, victory for either Candidates was predictably wrested in the turnouts and directions of voters from the Middle Belt States of the country.

Behold, the die was cast when the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu announced about 24hours earlier that voting were to commence by 8:00am on Saturday, 23rd February, 2019.

The early hours of the election day was serene and thick with a lot of anxieties and expectations among Abuja residents and Nigerians at large. It was to be a day we, Nigerian voters would determine who governs us for the next term of Four years. As seen by several million Nigerians, the election could be compared to as a referrandum on the incumbent administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, to either remain or leave.

This election, typically Nigerian, is not without concerns. Having rescheduled the election barely five hours before voting were set to commence, from its initial date of February 16th 2019, to one week later (February 23rd, 2019), the Independent National Electoral Commission gave credence to pessimism among millions of Nigerians. The Head of INEC may have blatantly refused to acknowledge the fact that the Logistics failure of the body is either due to corruption or inefficiency from that department. Should he accept this premise, then, one would beg to ask if extra One Week is enough to cover up for the lapses of over three years of preparations by the Electoral Commission. No doubt, the electorates are bound to smell something fishy thence.

A quick look at the figures shows that out of 84,004,084 registered voters across the country, about 72 million Nigerians collected their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), and thus, are eligible to vote. But, the nut-cracking question was, would the 72 million eligible voters exercise their franchise?

Going further, the turn out of voters in this year's election is remarkably high compared to previous elections in the country. Indeed, it is evident of a renewed sense of Nationalism and the fact that Nigerians are beginning to understand the importance of their votes in determining the Nation's destiny.

Also noteworthy, is the seemingly non-interferrence  demonstrated by the State throughout the electioneering processes. This, indeed, is a plus to Nigeria's fledging Democracy. Truth be told, there were several instances where an INEC Officials and ad hoc Staffs alike, had been remanded and are set to be prosecuted for conformity with certain Political parties. This, of course, is a shock reversal from the known hanky panky and hob-nobbings among INEC officials and politicians.

But, aside the many positives, there were as much sad tales. Expectedly, the Nigerian Factor played out throughout the electioneering processes, and the resultant consequences are appalling.

To begin with, Voting did not commenced in over 53% of the polling units across the country as and when due—8:00am. In the city of Abuja where I write from, voting did not begin at LEA Primary School, 3rd Avenue, Gwarinpa until about 12:35 noon. Such delays led to voter apathy in so many parts of the country where voters got tired of waiting, even though, there were extensions of voting time to cover for the loss hours.

In addition, the cases of dysfunctional card readers were too rampant and shameful for the system. Having abolished the use of incident forms, which provided leverage to Card readers' failure in 2015 election, I had thought that Prof Mahmood's INEC had found lasting solutions to the clog. Nay, my thoughts and expectations turned out to be futile exercises. Nigerians were once again faced with the embarrassing disenfranchisement caused by Card Reader Failures.

How could an election with a budget of over 250billion naira be faced with such avoidable hitch? Wonder I am to imagine how the last Three and Half years had been spent in preparation for this project!

The frustrations of voters were compounded by pockets of violence unleashed by political thugs in some parts of the country. Inasmuch as I had not expected a hitch-free election (based on past experiences), even though it turned out to be relatively peaceful in several parts of the country; still, the rate of violence and casualties before, on, and after the election day is disheartening.

There were reports of killings in Rivers, Kogi, Kano, Bayelsa, Oyo, Lagos and Delta States of the country. The casualty figures, as estimated by this writer, is not less than Fifty.

Heart broken, young and first time Nigerian Voters (between the ages of 18-20 years) laments bitterly on the paradox of Democracy as a form of Government which has to be sustained with the blood of Citizens in this part of the World.

Looking forward, 2019 General Elections in Nigeria can be adjudged as a gap-bridging exercise in the Nation's Electoral Processes. However, to achieve near perfection in the future, there is the need for a National Discourse on the subject matter. Starting with, certain clauses in the Electoral Acts need to be revisited. These include but are not limited to; the criteria for fielding political parties, financial discipline among Candidates and their Political Parties, consideration of votes from Nigerians in Diaspora, tougher sanctions on vote buying and rigging among several others. Also, the Independent National Electoral Commission in collaboration with Law Enforcement Agencies should do more in ensuring strict adherence to stipulated regulations. Politicians and the Electorates must be re-conscientized on the essence of playing by the rules. Nigerians should embrace such moves in the spirit of Nationalism.

Meanwhile, now that President Muhammadu Buhari has been re-elected, after polling a total votes of 15,191,847 against his closest rival Atiku Abubakar who had 11,262,978, Nigerians and the World can reflect on this results as a nod for Continuity (for the incumbent administration) by the People. Hence, while congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory, and the INEC for a Fair and Transparent (but not free election?), I hope that the Electoral body in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations would go back to the drawing board to ensure that the shortcomings of this year's election are addressed before it is too late.

Instructively, to put an end to the major banes confronting Nigeria's Electoral system, which of course are votes buying, ballot box snatching, and fuelling of violence, INEC must ensure that perpetrators do not go Scott-free. This should be done by not only targeting and prosecuting the footsoldiers but also their Masters, Sponsors, and Political Parties alike. Inclusive is the dire need for improved Logistics by the Electoral Body in subsequent elections. If Nigeria is not ripe for the use of Card Readers, innovations must be made for more transparent and accommodating mechanisms to checkmate the current scourge of disenfranchisement of her Electorates.

To crown it all, I dream of a Nigeria where Political Office holders are stripped of their portfolios and jailed by the Courts for their involvement in the heinous crimes of vote buying, rigging and sponsored touting during elections. If that be the case, Nigeria's democracy can be said to have fully attained it's peak and thus, worthy of emulation as the giant of a Free and Democratic Africa! May the sun rise tomorrow...

 

_Comrade Muhammed Adoke_ a Writer, Social Commentator, and Activist, is a Media Assistant at Northern Nigeria Initiative For Peace, Unity and Development, Abuja.

Email: muhammedjamiuadoke@gmail.com

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Atiku Rejects Result Of Presidential Election

27 February 2019 - 3:48am


Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has rejected the result of Nigeria's presidential election.

Atiku was the major rival candidate of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Buhari was declared winner of the election on Wednesday, with 15,191,847 votes against 11,262,978 votes polled by Atiku. 

In a statement issued on Wednesday, hours after Buhari was announced the winner, Atiku stressed his refusal of the result, and insisted he would challenge it in court.

He stated that the election was a sham, and was evidence that Nigeria's electoral process had been debased.

READ ATIKU's FULL STATEMENT BELOW

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 evidence).

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.

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Atiku Rejects Result Of Presidential Election

27 February 2019 - 3:48am


Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has rejected the result of Nigeria's presidential election.

Atiku was the major rival candidate of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Buhari was declared winner of the election on Wednesday, with 15,191,847 votes against 11,262,978 votes polled by Atiku. 

In a statement issued on Wednesday, hours after Buhari was announced the winner, Atiku stressed his refusal of the result, and insisted he would challenge it in court.

He stated that the election was a sham, and was evidence that Nigeria's electoral process had been debased.

READ ATIKU's FULL STATEMENT BELOW

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 evidence).

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.

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Don't Gloat Or Humiliate The Opposition, Buhari Tells Supporters

27 February 2019 - 3:45am


President Muhammadu Buhari has urged supporters of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), not to "gloat or humiliate the opposition".

He stated this in his remarks on Wednesday, at the APC campaign headquarters in Abuja, after he was announced winner of the presidential election.

He also restated his commitment to his campaign promises, noting that focus will be on strengthening the unity of the country.

According to Buhari, the elections were relatively peaceful, just as he stressed that those found culpable on electoral malpractice would be dealt with. 

THE FULL STATEMENT

My Dear Nigerians,

First and foremost, I give thanks to Almighty God Who has spared our lives to witness another victory for Nigerian democracy and victory for our party APC.

2. I thank the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect me as your president for the next four years. I am deeply humbled and profoundly grateful to you for judging me worthy of continuing to serve you and for your peaceful conduct.

3. In particular, I would like to thank Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for his masterful leadership as Co-chair of the Campaign Council. I would like to also thank the Party Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, the Director General of the Campaign Council Rotimi Amaechi, all members of the Presidential Campaign Council and other various Support Groups.

4. My grateful thanks to all those who contributed to the logistical expenses of the campaign in such a vast country like Nigeria.

5. I also thank the millions of volunteers, self-appointed overseers, canvassers, agents, escorts and sentries who sacrificed so much of their time and resources to ensure the success of these elections. I do not have the words adequate to thank them.

6. Although Saturday’s elections were relatively peaceful, troublemakers in a handful of states attempted to disrupt an otherwise orderly process. Security agencies will bring to justice all those arrested in the process.

7. I am very sad at the grievous loss of lives during these elections. Security agencies will step up their efforts to protect voters in the forthcoming State elections.

8. I would like to commend our security agencies, as severely overstretched as they are, for handling the difficult task of securing the country during the election period.

9. I will like to make a special appeal to my supporters not to gloat or humiliate the opposition. Victory is enough reward for your efforts.

10. We give thanks also to our Domestic and International observers for contributing to the success of our elections and for their interest in our country and our developing democracy.

11. The new Administration will intensify its efforts in Security, Restructuring the Economy and Fighting Corruption. We have laid down the foundation and we are committed to seeing matters to the end. We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out.

12. I thank you for your support and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
 

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Don't Gloat Or Humiliate The Opposition, Buhari Tells Supporters

27 February 2019 - 3:45am


President Muhammadu Buhari has urged supporters of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), not to "gloat or humiliate the opposition".

He stated this in his remarks on Wednesday, at the APC campaign headquarters in Abuja, after he was announced winner of the presidential election.

He also restated his commitment to his campaign promises, noting that focus will be on strengthening the unity of the country.

According to Buhari, the elections were relatively peaceful, just as he stressed that those found culpable on electoral malpractice would be dealt with. 

THE FULL STATEMENT

My Dear Nigerians,

First and foremost, I give thanks to Almighty God Who has spared our lives to witness another victory for Nigerian democracy and victory for our party APC.

2. I thank the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect me as your president for the next four years. I am deeply humbled and profoundly grateful to you for judging me worthy of continuing to serve you and for your peaceful conduct.

3. In particular, I would like to thank Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for his masterful leadership as Co-chair of the Campaign Council. I would like to also thank the Party Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, the Director General of the Campaign Council Rotimi Amaechi, all members of the Presidential Campaign Council and other various Support Groups.

4. My grateful thanks to all those who contributed to the logistical expenses of the campaign in such a vast country like Nigeria.

5. I also thank the millions of volunteers, self-appointed overseers, canvassers, agents, escorts and sentries who sacrificed so much of their time and resources to ensure the success of these elections. I do not have the words adequate to thank them.

6. Although Saturday’s elections were relatively peaceful, troublemakers in a handful of states attempted to disrupt an otherwise orderly process. Security agencies will bring to justice all those arrested in the process.

7. I am very sad at the grievous loss of lives during these elections. Security agencies will step up their efforts to protect voters in the forthcoming State elections.

8. I would like to commend our security agencies, as severely overstretched as they are, for handling the difficult task of securing the country during the election period.

9. I will like to make a special appeal to my supporters not to gloat or humiliate the opposition. Victory is enough reward for your efforts.

10. We give thanks also to our Domestic and International observers for contributing to the success of our elections and for their interest in our country and our developing democracy.

11. The new Administration will intensify its efforts in Security, Restructuring the Economy and Fighting Corruption. We have laid down the foundation and we are committed to seeing matters to the end. We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out.

12. I thank you for your support and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
 

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AT A GLANCE: The Final Positions Of All 73 Parties That Contested Presidential Election

26 February 2019 - 10:10pm


After more than 48 hours of collation, President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has emerged winner of the presidential election.

He polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest contender, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 11,262,978 votes.

But, looking beyond the APC and PDP, a total of 73 political parties participated in the election — so, how did these other parties fare?

You can find out in the table below, just at one glance:

How Presidential Candidates Fared S/N PARTY VOTES SCORED POSITION 1. A 19,209 16th 2. AA 14,380 20th 3. AAC 33,953 10th 4. AAP 8,902 24th 5. ABP 4,523 35th 6. ACD 11,325 21st 7. ACPN 7,223 25th 8. ADC 97,874 4th 9. ADP 54,930 6th 10. AGA 4,689 32nd 11. AGAP 3,074 45th 12. ANDP 3,104 44th 13. ANN 16,779 17th 14. ANP 3,586 41st 15. ANRP 4,340 36th 16. APA 36,866 8th 17. APC 15,191,847 1st 18. APDA 26,558 12th 19. APGA 66,851 5th 20. APM 26,039 13th 21. APP 3,585 42nd 22. ASD 2,146 56th 23. AUN 1,092 72nd 24. BNPP 1,649 63rd 25. CAP 1,111 71st 26. CC 2,391 52nd 27. CNP 1,874 58th 28. DA 2,769 47th 29. DPC 5,242 29th 30. DPP 14,483 19th 31. FRESH 4,554 34th 32. FJP 4,174 37th 33. GDPN 41,852 7th 34. GPN 4,924 31st 35. HDP 1,663 62nd 36. ID 1,845 60th 37. JMPP 1,853 59th 38. KP 1,911 57th 39. LM 1,438 68th 40. LP 5,074 30th 41. MAJA 2,651 49th 42. MMN 14,540 18th 43. MPN 2,752 48th 44. NAC 2,279 54th 45. NCMP 1,378 69th 46. NCP 3,799 40th 47. NDCP 1,192 70th 48. NDLP 1,588 65th 49. NEPP 1,524 67th 50. NFD 4,096 38th 51. NIP 2,248 55th 52. NNPP 6,111 27th 53. NPC 10,081 22nd 54. NRM 6,229 26th 55. NUP 5,323 28th 56. PCP 110,196 3rd 57. PDP 11,262,978 2nd 58. PPA 21,822 15th 59. PPC 8,979 23rd 60. PPN 4,622 33rd 61. PT 2,613 50th 62. RAP 2,972 46th 63. RBNP 1,792 61st 64. RP 2,388 53rd 65. SDP 34,746 9th 66. SNC 28,680 11th 67. SNP 3,941 39th 68. UDP 3,170 43rd 69. UP 1,561 66th 70. UPN 1,631 64th 71. WTPN 732 73rd 72. YES 2,394 51st 73. YPP 21,886 14th

 

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AT A GLANCE: The Final Positions Of All 73 Parties That Contested Presidential Election

26 February 2019 - 10:10pm


After more than 48 hours of collation, President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has emerged winner of the presidential election.

He polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest contender, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 11,262,978 votes.

But, looking beyond the APC and PDP, a total of 73 political parties participated in the election — so, how did these other parties fare?

You can find out in the table below, just at one glance:

How Presidential Candidates Fared S/N PARTY VOTES SCORED POSITION 1. A 19,209 16th 2. AA 14,380 20th 3. AAC 33,953 10th 4. AAP 8,902 24th 5. ABP 4,523 35th 6. ACD 11,325 21st 7. ACPN 7,223 25th 8. ADC 97,874 4th 9. ADP 54,930 6th 10. AGA 4,689 32nd 11. AGAP 3,074 45th 12. ANDP 3,104 44th 13. ANN 16,779 17th 14. ANP 3,586 41st 15. ANRP 4,340 36th 16. APA 36,866 8th 17. APC 15,191,847 1st 18. APDA 26,558 12th 19. APGA 66,851 5th 20. APM 26,039 13th 21. APP 3,585 42nd 22. ASD 2,146 56th 23. AUN 1,092 72nd 24. BNPP 1,649 63rd 25. CAP 1,111 71st 26. CC 2,391 52nd 27. CNP 1,874 58th 28. DA 2,769 47th 29. DPC 5,242 29th 30. DPP 14,483 19th 31. FRESH 4,554 34th 32. FJP 4,174 37th 33. GDPN 41,852 7th 34. GPN 4,924 31st 35. HDP 1,663 62nd 36. ID 1,845 60th 37. JMPP 1,853 59th 38. KP 1,911 57th 39. LM 1,438 68th 40. LP 5,074 30th 41. MAJA 2,651 49th 42. MMN 14,540 18th 43. MPN 2,752 48th 44. NAC 2,279 54th 45. NCMP 1,378 69th 46. NCP 3,799 40th 47. NDCP 1,192 70th 48. NDLP 1,588 65th 49. NEPP 1,524 67th 50. NFD 4,096 38th 51. NIP 2,248 55th 52. NNPP 6,111 27th 53. NPC 10,081 22nd 54. NRM 6,229 26th 55. NUP 5,323 28th 56. PCP 110,196 3rd 57. PDP 11,262,978 2nd 58. PPA 21,822 15th 59. PPC 8,979 23rd 60. PPN 4,622 33rd 61. PT 2,613 50th 62. RAP 2,972 46th 63. RBNP 1,792 61st 64. RP 2,388 53rd 65. SDP 34,746 9th 66. SNC 28,680 11th 67. SNP 3,941 39th 68. UDP 3,170 43rd 69. UP 1,561 66th 70. UPN 1,631 64th 71. WTPN 732 73rd 72. YES 2,394 51st 73. YPP 21,886 14th

 

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BREAKING: 'I'm Deeply Humbled' — Buhari Speaks On His Re-Election As President

26 February 2019 - 9:46pm

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is deeply humbled by his re-election as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the election at exactly 4:39am after polling APC 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who secured PDP 11,262,978 votes.

Hours before then, SaharaReporters had confirmed that Buhari was set to win, and had even earlier projected way earlier that the President was set to win the election by a bigger margin than that with which he defeated former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

Speaking at the campaign secretariat of his pary afterwards, Buhari thanked Nigerians, saying: "I am deeply humbled that you found me worthy of continuing to serve you."

He also thanked Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rotimi Amaechi, Director-General of the All Progressives Congress Campign Council (APCCO); and Bola Tinubu, National Chairman of the APC, among others.

More to follow...

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BREAKING: 'I'm Deeply Humbled' — Buhari Speaks On His Re-Election As President

26 February 2019 - 9:46pm

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is deeply humbled by his re-election as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the election at exactly 4:39am after polling APC 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who secured PDP 11,262,978 votes.

Hours before then, SaharaReporters had confirmed that Buhari was set to win, and had even earlier projected way earlier that the President was set to win the election by a bigger margin than that with which he defeated former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

Speaking at the campaign secretariat of his pary afterwards, Buhari thanked Nigerians, saying: "I am deeply humbled that you found me worthy of continuing to serve you."

He also thanked Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rotimi Amaechi, Director-General of the All Progressives Congress Campign Council (APCCO); and Bola Tinubu, National Chairman of the APC, among others.

More to follow...

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WATCH LIVE: INEC Final Election Result Collation

26 February 2019 - 9:11pm

Video of Live TV - #NigeriaVoteWatch2019 Live TV - #NigeriaVoteWatch2019 INEC Announces 2019 Presidential Election Result

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IT'S OFFICIAL: INEC Declares Buhari Winner Of Nigeria's Presidential Election

26 February 2019 - 8:41pm


President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been officially declared the winner of Nigeria’s presidential election.

Nigerians trooped out in their millions to cast their votes for a new President on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

The elections were earlier scheduled for February 16, 2019, but had to be postponed by one week by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), due to issues with “logistics”.

The process was marred by incidents of irregularities, as well as violence, which led to cancellation of elections in some areas.

The election also recorded a significant low turnout of voters.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced that more than 70 million people obtained Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to participate in the elections. However, significantly less than 30 million people participated in the electoral process.

According to an official declaration by Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of INEC, Buhari polled APC 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled PDP 11,262,978 votes.

Buhari got landslide-winning figures from the North, with more than 70 parties fielded candidates for the presidential election.

Yakubu formally declared Buhari "winner and returned elected" at exactly 4:39am Nigerian time.

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MC Oluomo And His Thugs Conducted Elections In Oshodi, Says Lagos PDP

26 February 2019 - 5:11pm


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of sponsoring thugs to rig the elections held in Oshodi, Lagos State.

The claim was made in a petition by Honourable Sunday Olaifa, the PDP Chairman of Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area chapter, dated February 24, 2019.

The petition was entitled: ‘Pre-Action Notice, Petition and Call for Nullification of Election Irregularities, Validation Of Authentic Votes before Invasion, Physical Assault On INEC Ad Hoc Staff, Electorate, Party Agents, Party Supervisors and Election Observers, Unlawful Association of Security Agents with Hoodlums and Miscreants Armed to the Teeth to Rig Presidential and National Assembly Election That Took Place on the 23rd of February.’

According to Olaifa, the electoral process in the area was marred by violence, intimidation and harassment by thugs said to be APC supporters.

As such, the party is calling for cancellation of the result of election in the area.

The petition read: “I, Hon. Sunday Olaifa, the Chairman  of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oshodi/Isolo Local Government chapter, use this medium to appeal to the authorities concerned and the whole world for urgent call for immediate cancellation of the following polling units within constituency 1, Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area. They are of the following inter alia:
A) D1 – Bolade/Oshodi wards: 033, 034, 041, 050, 043, 001, 028, 030 (A&B).
B) D2 – Orile/Oshodi: 012,020,056,058,051 and at PU 048; the number of registered voters was 70, while APC scored 500 votes.
C) D3 – Mafoluku 005,013,015,017,018,019,020,021,026,027,028,029,030,034,035,036,037,024,025,031,032.

“Herewith attached for your photographic and documentary evidence for your careful perusal that shows the act of oppression, intimidation, molestation and harassment during and after election before computing the result in the result sheets. More so, cases of over voting in the following polling units in Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency 1, Alasia Compound 001, Brown Street 012, Afolabi primary school 013, Banjoko/ Marcarty 015, Ogunlana/Health Centre 016, Oredeyin/Araromi 018, Inasa/Micheal 019, Dipeolu/Alade 020, Brown/Church 021, Alade/Church 022, Church Street 023, Owoseni/Kale Street 026, 5, Shoneye Street 032, Methodist Primary School 039, Sadiku Street 053, Salami Street 055, Seinde Calisto 066, Adewale Crescent 067 and Unity Primary School 068.

“The said hoodlums and miscreants, with their co-cohorts, threatened violence in the face of security personnel and also threatened the non-indigenes, particularly the Igbo, Ijaw, Itsekiri and others by one Inspector of Police called Akeem a.k.a. Scoda, in addition the said Akeem Scoda, who is hiding under the canopy of the Police Force, used its name to perpetrate his unlawful act (08023154654).

“A pathetic situation foisted upon our members and leaders, particularly the candidates of the party during and after the election before the results were imputed into the result sheets, when the hoodlums and miscreants led by Musliu Akinsanya a.k.a. MC Oluoma, Jamiu Adedumoye a.k.a. Desokan, Ijebeta, Kadiri Jamba, Olojo, Ahmed Killer, Sikiru Salawu a.k.a. Youngest, Sunday Oseni a.k.a. Stainless, Ganiu a.k.a. Koko Zaria and others took over the conduct of the election at the polling units stated above with arms and ammunition. Dangerous weapons such as machetes, charms and amulets were not left out in the presence of the security agents, who made no effort to arrest the culprits. They rather supported the sinister motive and aided them to perpetrate their unlawful acts.

“To our surprise, the security agents submitted themselves to the miscreants and hoodlums to serve as medium tools to bargain with INEC ad hoc staff to rig the election of 23rd of February 2019 in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates. However, they succeeded in perpetrating their unlawful acts.

“We call on the authorities concerned to use their good office and cancel the above mentioned polling units’ results and ensure free and fair elections within those affected units in Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 1.

“Take notice that our party stands by the rule of law and upon fragrant, neglect and refusal to act within an hour upon receipt of this petition will lead us with no option than to seek redress in appropriate quarters. Take further notice that the conduct of an election is guided by the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, Electoral Act and other miscellaneous provisions that guide an election, and any deviance to same automatically calls for nullification.

“We submit that the election of 23rd of February 2019 at Oshodi /Isolo constituency 1 within the wards and polling units aforementioned is not in line with the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Electoral Act and other miscellaneous provisions guiding elections. We hereby call for nullification of the same.”

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LP Lagos Gov Candidate Accuses CBN Of Releasing Election Materials Before Polls

26 February 2019 - 4:40pm


Awamaridi Ifagbemi, Lagos State governorship candidate of Labour Party (LP), has accused officials of the Lagos office of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) of releasing ballot papers before elections.

He stated this while speaking with journalists at the collation centre of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Sabo-Yaba, Lagos State, on Monday.

His words: “I knew there was a game plan, when all of them (CBN workers) came to INEC with that one trailer. We waited without them knowing we were around. We then discovered that the so-called balance of materials that were supposed to be in the strong room were all over the floor, with people having access to it. Is that a strong room?

“They thought that all parties had gone with that one trailer. That was the gimmick. I am not talking of INEC; I am talking of CBN. The leakage of materials started with CBN and that’s the problem.”

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JUST IN: APC Supporters In Wild Jubilation At National Campaign Secretariat In Abuja

26 February 2019 - 4:34pm



Supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have besieged the campaign secretariat in Abuja to celebrate the party’s seeming success at the presidential elections.

The results of all 36 states have been announced at the International Conference Centre (ICC) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), with President Muhammadu Buhar leading Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by very close to three million votes.

INEC has gone into a meeting to finalise results ahead of reconvening at 3am, but APC spporters are not waiting for that and are already jubilating in Abuja.

The party faithful who could not hide their feelings defied the heavy security presence at the campaign office and made their way into the facility, chanting solidarity songs. 

Also to add colour to the ceremony, a live band and high life musician was on ground entertaining the crowd. Some of them were also seen with bottles of champagne.

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BREAKING: CONFIRMED: Buhari Is Nigeria’s President For Another Four Years

26 February 2019 - 3:24pm

It is now well and truly sealed. President Muhammadu Buhari has won Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election, and will serve for another four years when his current tenure expires on May 29, 2019.

After the official announcement of results from 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by the Independent National Electoral Commission, Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has an unassailable 14,602,455 votes, compared to the 10,663,584 votes recorded by Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

INEC is on the verge of announcing results of the outstanding two states, but it matters little as Atiku can no longer overtake the margin of 3, 938,871 votes — based on the figures of accredited voters in the pending two states.

 

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