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Court Sacks Plateau Lawmaker, Orders Payment Of N25million Damages

26 February 2019 - 2:59pm


A Federal High Court sitting in Jos has sacked Ibrahim Baba Hassan, a Plateau State lawmaker, over certificate forgery claimed to have been obtained from the University of Jos.

The lawmaker, who represents Jos North in the Plateau State House of Assembly, was dragged to court in 2015 by Abdul Nasir Saleh, challenging the authenticity of his Diploma Certificate in Business, which he claimed to have obtained from the University of Jos.

Saleh contested party primaries with the sacked lawmaker on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015, where he came second.

In his judgment on Tuesday, Justice Musa Kurya, the presiding Judge, said there is no trace of proof that the diploma certificate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by Hassan is genuinely obtained from University Jos.

He was asked to pay back all salaries and allowances to the state government​.

Kurya said based on the direct and oral evidence submitted by the Registrar of the University of Jos before the court, it is true that the certificate presented by the embattled lawmaker to INEC in 2015 was not obtained from the said institution, adding that the evidence given by the registrar "is true and uncontroversial”.

In his ruling, the Judge said: "I wonder a person whose diploma certificate is proved to have been forged sitting and making laws. I wonder the laws that he will make for the development of his constituency and, by extension, the state as a whole.”

Kurya further granted all the prayers sought by the plaintiff.

The ruling read: "That the information that the 1st Defendant possess a Diploma in Business Administration (Lower Credit) from the University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria on 26 of November 1996 which the 1st Defendant stated and supplied in Affidavit in support of Personal Particulars of Persons seeking election to Office/Membership of Plateau State House of Assembly in respect of Jos North Constituency of Plateau State sworn in the Registry of the High Court, on the 16th December, 2014 to the Independent National Electoral Commission is false. 

"That the 1st Defendant was not qualified to contest election into Plateau State House of Assembly in respect of Jos North Constituency in view of the fact that the information that the 1st Defendant possesses is false.  

"That the plaintiff is the rightful candidate of the 2nd Defendant (APC) in the election into the Plateau State House of Assembly in respect of the Jos North Constituency of Plateau State held on the 11th April, 2015, being the only qualified aspirant in the Primary Election held by the 2nd Defendant to nominate its candidate for the said election concerning the Plateau State House of Assembly in respect of Jos North Constituency of Plateau State, to have contested the said election. 

"An Order disqualifying the 1St Defendant as the Candidate of the 2nd Defendant (APC) for election to the Plateau State House of Assembly in respect of Jos North Constituency of Plateau State held on 11th April, 2015, on the ground of violation of Section 31 (5) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and non fulfilment of the constitutional requirement to conduct the said election. 

"An Order directing the 3rd Defendant (INEC) to accept and recognise forthwith the name of the Plaintiff as the legitimate candidate of the 2nd Defendant for the 2015 elections into the State House of Assembly for Jos North Constituency in Plateau State. 

"N5000,000.00 (Five Million Naira) being the total legal fees for prosecuting this matter from inception. N25,000,000.00 (Twenty Five Million Naira) as General Damages. N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) being the cost of filing his action.”

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Atiku's Close Friend Kwande Urges Him To 'Pick Up The Phone And Call Buhari'

26 February 2019 - 2:22pm


Yahaya Kwande, a close associate of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has advised him to call and congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kwande, Grand Patron of the Waziri of the Adamawa Solidarity Vanguard, gave the advice on Tuesday in reference to the ongoing announcement of the presidential results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to the results announced so far by the electoral body, President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is leading by a wide margin and is favourite to win.

A press statement personally signed by Kwande reads: "Results so far announced from Saturday’s presidential election have confirmed the choice made by Nigerians. They have resoundingly elected President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election.

"Even though, I am a long time friend and associate of his closest rival, His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), I heartily congratulate President Buhari for his win and the confidence Nigerians reposed in him by asking him to serve another four years in office.

"By the same token, I call on my friend, associate and brother, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to pick up his phone and make the call to congratulate the President-elect. It is imperative that he toes the path of honour and do the needful to save the country of any conflagration. Our recent history under former President Goodluck Jonathan proved that this simple act has the full potential to keep Nigeria peaceful.

"Providence has given Atiku the uncommon favour of having his Jonathan moment by ending the long wait and apprehension as Nigerians await the final tally, which has by the way become a matter of symbolism since the outcome is already known.

"The atmosphere has become unnecessarily tense as those who failed Atiku politically continue to give his party and supporters false hope even in the face of a harsh reality. Only the Wazirin of Adamawa has the capacity to defuse this unhealthy tension and save this country from any implosion as some overzealous persons are waiting to make a mockery of our democratic process and further shatter the bonds of unity that holds our country together. I implore again that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar makes that call before the enemies of Nigeria exploit his delay to do the unthinkable."

Yahaya also advised President Buhari to be magnanimous in victory by ordering his supporters to desist from making derisive and derogatory comments that could provoke supporters of his opponents, who are still trying to process their losses at the polls.

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Wike Asks ICC To Prosecute 6 Div GO For 'Crimes Against Humanity'

26 February 2019 - 2:08pm


Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, says the state government has written to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute Major General Jamil Sarham, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, for prosecution for crimes against humanity.

Wike alleged that officers of the 6 Division stormed collation centres in Ikwerre, Emohua and Okrika Local Government Areas (LGAs) with INEC electoral officers, and carted away electoral materials and concocted results.

The Army had earlier revealed how Wike attempted to bribe its officers to aid his bid to compromise the elections in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

But a statement issued by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, on Tuesday, noted that the allegation against the Governor is “false, malicious and diversionary”.

"We are doing a petition to the International Criminal Court. We are demanding justice for all those killed by the GOC and his lieutenants. We will also send a petition to all the major embassies in the country on the atrocities committed against Rivers people by the GOC and his soldiers. We have also ready sent a petition to the Chief of Army Staff on the criminal actions of the GOC,” Wike said.

According to the Governor, there was credible intelligence that the GOC had concluded plans to open fire on his convoy, with the objective of causing a deadly shoot-out.

He continued: "Nigerians watched in utter dismay as three local government electoral officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) indicted soldiers of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army for orchestrating electoral violence, snatching election materials and criminally colluding with APC leaders to concoct results during the presidential and National Assembly elections. Rather than respond to these allegations, the GOC is making diversionary allegations.

"These weighty indictments of the officers and men of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army by the INEC Officials confirm earlier intelligence that the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 6 Division, Major General Jamil Sarham, is neck-deep in the killings of Rivers people and manipulation of the elections.

“Mrs Mary Efeture Imawuya, INEC electoral officer of Ikwerre LGA, INEC electoral officer for Emohua Local Government Area, Kenneth Etah and INEC electoral officer of Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr Leo Okon, who addressed the Rivers East Senatorial District Collation Centre at Elekahia, were unequivocal in their indictments of the soldiers and their criminal activities during the elections.

"The major problem they should defend is the INEC officers, who declared that the soldiers of the Nigerian Army abducted them, carted away materials and concocted results.”

He alleged that it was the soldiers and Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation,  who abducted the electoral officer of Ikwerre LGA and compelled her to write results.

He, however, denied ever making an attempt to compromise the electoral process, just as he debunked the claim that he offered money to the soldiers.

He noted that when the soldiers arrested Dr Reason Onya, the Rivers State Commissioner of Urban Development and Physical Planning, for being among the approved PDP agents to escort materials, the Commissioner called him. He said he requested to speak with the officer to demand the release of Onya, who was on legal electoral function for the PDP. The officer declined to speak but called back later and he informed him that Onya was on a legal assignment. He insisted that no bribe was offered.

Wike said in his capacity as governor, he spoke with about 10 different officers when PDP official agents raised concerns, adding that “the mischievous press briefing by the 6 Division is tantamount  to a coup against a constituted authority”.

"The Army cannot be a judge in their matter. You cannot parade officials on legal electoral duties. You cannot change the narrative. They have violated all known laws,” Wike stated.

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BREAKING: Journalists, Election Observers Escape Through Windows As Chaos Erupts At Rivers INEC Office

26 February 2019 - 12:53pm


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Chaos has erupted at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers State.

After the presidential election result was announced, members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenged the figures, insisting that the INEC officials in the state are working against President Muhammadu Buhari.

Samson Ngerebara, the APC agent, challenged Enefiok Essien, the state collation officer, on the figures declared.

According to the figures released by INEC, APC polled 150,710 votes while PDP secured its win with 473,971 votes.

Contesting the figures, Ngerebara said: “If you want to make yourself the tribunal, sit now and start to investigate all the results. I have the recording of all you said last night.”

“You mutilated results against our President Muhammadu Buhari,” another APC agent said.

Essien was escorted out of the collation centre by armed security agents, as APC agents moved to stop his exit, bringing the exercise to a chaotic end.

Journalist and observers resorted to escaping from the centre through the windows.

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BREAKING: PDP Asks INEC To Stop Results Collation 'Immediately'

26 February 2019 - 12:15pm


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately stop the collation of results of the presidential election.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday evening, Tanimu Turaki (SAN), Deputy Director (Administration) of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization, who spoke on behalf of Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, urged the commission to suspend further announcement of results from states.

Buhari is currently leading according to figures collated from more than 20 states.

Speaking on the collation at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja, Turaki said: “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) demands, in line with the commitment to a transparent, free and fair election, an immediate halt to the on-going collation of results by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), until data from the smart card reader accreditation at the polling units are made available to all the parties in the election.

“The PDP predicates its demand on available evidence to the effect that data from the card readers are being reconfigured to suit the manipulations, rigging and over-voting already carried out during the election in some states by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Already, the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, has communicated this position of our party to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. We have evidence from the smart card reader accreditation data that what is being announced by INEC has been seriously tampered with and manipulated.”

The party went on to cite instances where elections were allegedly rigged.

Turaki continued: “In the meantime, we demand the immediate and outright cancellation of Presidential election results in Yobe, Zamfara, Nasarawa and Borno states as submitted by INEC presiding officers and ask for the conduct of fresh elections in these states.

“In Yobe, the total number of votes submitted as cast was more than the number of accredited voters. Whereas the number of accredited voters was 601,056, the total votes cast was 775, 449. This is a clear case of over-voting which, by the provisions of the Electoral Act, renders the election null and void. In such instance, the law provides for another election on a day to be fixed by INEC.

“In Zamfara state, no actual voting took place and there was no single result sheet in any polling unit in the entire state. There was an arrest in Shinkafi Local Government, where an APC member was caught thumb-printing ballot papers inside his house. Results from the presiding officer from Zamfara were concocted and allocated according to the wishes of the leadership of the APC and INEC. The PDP therefore demands the outright deletion of the results from Zamfara from INEC records and a conduct of free, fair and credible Presidential election in Zamfara state.

“Also in Borno state, there was no election but a figure writing exercise and allocation of results according to the whims and caprices of the APC leaders. We also demand the outright deletion of the results from Borno from INEC records and a conduct of free, fair and credible Presidential election in Borno state.

 “In Nasarawa, the PDP demands the immediate restoration of our over 157,000 lawful and valid votes which were unlawfully and arbitrarily cancelled by INEC and the announcement of the actual results from the field.

“Similarly, the PDP demands an immediate restoration of our over 79,000 valid votes which were unlawfully cancelled by INEC in Kogi state and the announcement of the authentic results inclusive of the restored 79,000 votes

“In the FCT, the PDP demands the restoration of 27,000 valid votes unlawfully and arbitrarily cancelled by INEC and a declaration of the authentic result, inclusive of our restored 27,000 votes.

“In Plateau, the PDP demands the immediate restoration of our over 30,000 lawful and valid votes, which were unlawfully cancelled particularly in Jos North and the declaration of the genuine results as delivered at the polling units inclusive of our 30,000 restored votes.

“The PDP therefore calls on Nigerians to disregard the results until INEC provides the data from the smart card reader accreditation at the polling units, conducts fresh election in Borno, Yobe and Zamfara states as well as restore our votes in Plateau, FCT, Kogi and Nasarawa states.

“The PDP maintains that from the actual votes delivered at the polling units, which we all have, Nigerians clearly and unequivocally gave their mandate to Atiku Abubakar.”

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BREAKING: Army Reveals How Wike Bribed Soldiers To Compromise 2019 Elections (Video)

26 February 2019 - 12:00pm

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The Nigerian Army has revealed how Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, attempted to bribe its officers to rig the elections in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu of 6 Division disclosed the details of what happened when Wike and his supporters tried to bribe soldiers when caught with election materials.

He also presented the suspects and exhibits recovered from them.

Four policemen arrested in connection with election malpractice were also paraded.

TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE

The period leading to the 23 February 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections witnessed a lot of political activities and manoeuvres by political actors, which is normal in a democracy. However, most worrisome and dangerous is the employment of political thugs by some desperate politicians to disrupt a legitimate national process for their pecuniary gains.

Equally of grave concern is the daring attempt by the Governor of Rivers State, Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, to compromise security agencies, particularly troops of 6 Division Nigerian Army, with hefty financial inducements to help him in his illegitimate act of thwarting a free and fair electoral process in his favour, while accusing the Nigerian Army and its command hierarchy of bias daily.

Apparently, Governor Wike must have underestimated the Nigerian Army’s commitment to being professionally responsive in the discharge of our constitutional roles.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has over time reiterated and demonstrated the Nigerian Army’s resolve to being apolitical, neutral and unbiased. He has also left no one in doubt of our total and absolute loyalty to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the President Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Therefore, no amount of cheap blackmail and unsubstantiated allegations will make us bulge.

While we do not intend to join issues with any one, however, it has become expedient to bring to the notice of the general public the actual reasons behind Governor Wike’s attrition against the Nigerian Army and its leadership with the hope that he will finally sheath his sword and publicly apologise to the Nigerian Army as we present to you the following shocking discoveries.

Gentlemen of the press, you recall that on Saturday, 15th February, 2019, the eve of the now rescheduled presidential and NASS elections, one Barrister Emma Okah issued a statement alleging that a very senior officer of this command attempted to tamper with INEC sensitive materials at the CBN Port Harcourt premises. A rejoinder was immediately issued by HQ 6 Division, which not only rebutted the allegation, but also demanded an apology from Emma Okah within 72 hours or face legal action. As at this moment, Emma Okah has arrogantly refused to heed the advice.

“Ironically, on Saturday 23rd February 2019 at about 8:45am, following a tip-off on attempt by Governor Wike’s aides to induce and compromise troops deployed at the CBN Port Harcourt premises, one personnel Major A.P. Ubah and three other Police personnel, DSP Oyoku Ifelle (Camp Commandant Rivers State Govt House), Sergeant Akanu Garba , Inspector Hycent Oboi and Sergeant Nketan Chucks, were arrested by a team from HQ 6 Div.

Preliminary investigations discovered the sum of N2.25million only in a Range Rover belonging to the DSP. Other items recovered are four INEC 2019 electoral tags, customised Rivers State Government House brown envelopes, while the sum of N500,000 only, was found in the Toyota vehicle belonging to Major A.P. Ubah, which he confessed was given to him by the Governor’s aides in addition to the offer of a well-furnished accommodation for the period of his tour of duty.

Similarly, same day Saturday, 23rd February, 2019, at about 7am, a member of Rivers State House of Assembly, Honourable Opokri Wanaka, 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. Honourable 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 Rivers State Government Reg No. L02-03 RV RIVERS and eight occupants, was stopped for routine search and clearance. A carton and two 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.

During the course of on-the-spot interrogations, Honourable Opokri Wanaka and Dr Reason Onya Williams, earlier mentioned above, appeared at the spot and tried to convince the suspecting troops that the vehicle is part of the INEC convoy that was left behind and that the vehicle should be allowed to go because the electorate are waiting. 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 his number to pass to Governor Wike, which he did via Whatsapp message. Within 10 minutes, Governor Wike placed a call to the officer.

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BREAKING: Chaos In Rivers As INEC Declares Presidential Election Result

26 February 2019 - 11:06am


Chaos has erupted in Rivers State after the result for the presidential election was declared on Tuesday evening.

Enefiok Essien, the state collation officer, declared the results, three days after the collation exercise started in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The collation exercise ended in chaos as agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) protested the deletion of the controversial Emohua Local Government Area (LGA) results.

Out of the 23 LGAs in the state, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won 14, while President Muhammadu Buhari won three, after Emohua LGA was removed.

Elections in some areas were also cancelled as a result of electoral malpractices and violence.

According to the figures released by INEC, valid votes were 642,165; rejected votes were 24,420, and total votes cast were 666,585.

APC polled 150,710 votes while PDP secured its win with 473,971.

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Almost One Million Votes The Difference As Buhari Thrashes Atiku In Katsina

26 February 2019 - 9:53am


President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the presidential elections in Katsina State.

The APC polled 1,232,133 votes against the 308,056 votes of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Out of a total of 1,619,185 votes cast, Katsina had total valid votes of 1,555,473, and 63,712 rejected votes.

Buhari won the state with a margin of 924,077 votes.

Katsina State has a total of 3,210,422 registered voters across 34 Local Government Areas (LGAs). 1,628,865 voters were accredited at the February 23rd polls in the state.

See breakdown of result below:

1. Daura LGA
APC: 37,648
PDP: 4,650

2. Sandamu LGA
APC: 29,221
PDP: 9,025

3. Ingawa LGA
APC: 29,230
PDP: 7,625

4. Matazu LGA
APC: 27,625
PDP: 9,151

5. Kurfi LGA
APC: 25,074
PDP: 9,175

6. Rimi LGA
APC: 33,361
PDP: 8,818

7. Safana LGA
APC: 26,631
PDP: 5,756

8. Danmusa LGA
APC: 30,011
PDP: 7,528

9. Dutsi LGA
APC: 22,583
PDP: 5,330

10. Batsari LGA
APC: 26,774
PDP: 7,916

11. Kusada LGA
APC: 21,071
PDP: 6,713

12. Bakori LGA
APC: 53,623
PDP: 11,931

13. Batagarawa LGA
APC: 37,695
PDP: 8,453

14. Bindawa LGA
APC: 35,030
PDP: 9,623

15. Dutsinma LGA
APC: 35,700
PDP: 10,440

16. Musawa LGA
APC: 31,690
PDP: 6,673

17. Danja LGA
APC: 41,183
PDP: 9,664

18. Zango LGA
APC: 25,207
PDP: 6,891

19. Mai'adua LGA
APC: 35,198
PDP: 8256

20. Dandume LGA
APC: 25,699
PDP: 6,647

21. Charanchi LGA
APC: 24,391
PDP: 6,521

22. Mashi LGA
APC: 31,786
PDP: 14,344

23. Kankia LGA
APC: 30,470
PDP: 9,449

24. Jibia LGA
APC: 33,330
PDP: 7,987

25. Kaita LGA
APC: 27,228
PDP: 6,925

26. Mani LGA
APC: 38,826
PDP: 8,565

27. Funtua LGA
APC: 56,256
PDP: 6,927

28. Faskari LGA
APC: 44,987
PDP: 14,648

29. Baure LGA
APC: 42,108
PDP: 8,534

30. Sabua LGA
APC: 22,879
PDP: 10,256

31. Katsina LGA
APC: 68,968
PDP: 15,170

32. Kafur LGA
APC: 56,954
PDP: 15,345

33. Malumfashi LGA
APC: 60,143
PDP: 1,235

34. Kankara LGA
APC: 53,853
PDP: 10,768

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DATA: Nigeria's Presidential Election Records Lowest Voter Turnout In 20 Years

26 February 2019 - 9:49am



The just concluded 2019 presidential election has recorded the lowest turnout of voters in the history of Nigeria, data made available to SaharaReporters have shown.

States such as Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi witnessed the lowest turnout, with less than 30 per cent of their registered voters marking the ballot.

This is in stark contrast to 1999 when 70 per cent of all registered voters turned out to usher in Nigeria's new democracy. 

In 2015, the lowest turnout recorded was about 42 per cent, owing to issues such as voter apathy and the heavy activity of Boko Haram in the North East. 

The average, so far, has remained consistent at 34.7%.

However, in the elections, despite continued insurgency, some affected states such as Borno and Yobe, which were affected by Boko Haram attacks on the morning of the presidential and National Assembly elections, surprisingly recorded the highest voter turnout for 2019.

A quick look at results collated so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shows that states with high numbers recorded in 2015 are now turning out low numbers.

This might also be as a result of the initial cancellation of the 2019 polls earlier scheduled for the Febuary 16, 2019, and eventually rescheduled for February 23, 2019.

Also, there have been pockets of violence experienced in some states in the build-up to the 2019 elections.

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Police, DSS, NSCDC, Army, FRSC, Even Fire Service! Security Beefed Up At INEC National Collation Centre

26 February 2019 - 9:33am




Security has been beefed up around the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja, the national collation centre for the presidential and National Assembly Elections results.

The announcement of the results, which commenced on Monday, is ongoing.

More armed security operatives were deployed in addition to those on ground with the view to fortifying the facility.

  

A detachment of combined security operatives of the Nigeria Police, Nigerian Army, DSS, Fire Service, FRSC and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were stationed at strategic locations within and around the building. 

There were rumours of a plan by a group of aggrieved persons to stage a violent protest and disrupt the process at the collation centre.

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After Saraki’s Fall, Is Tinubu Next? By Fredrick Nwabufo

26 February 2019 - 8:53am


Fredrick Nwabufo

Dynasties rise and fall. It is a natural order. 

But there are factors which precipitate the declension of dynasties. For example, the rise and fall of Chinese dynasties was influenced by changes in weather conditions such as drought and famine. When the people are starving and dying of thirst they revolt against their emperors.

The eclipsing of Senate President Bukola Saraki in Kwara state reinforces the power of citizens’ revolt. Mass revolts through the ballot are still potent.  It is evident the people of the state have simply grown weary of a unilateral influence and control. 

According to an analysis by TheCable, many of the voters did not even know who Saraki’s challenger was. They were poignantly driven by a slogan, which resonated with them, “O to ge”.

I believe the excruciating defeat of Saraki in Kwara marks the end of a political era in the state. But is there another political dynasty of which sunset is nigh?

The voting pattern in the south-west in the presidential election shows that the Jagaban political dynasty may be seeing its last days. Unlike in the 2015 presidential election, where the south-west bloc-voted for the APC, though with the PDP winning in Ekiti state, the 2019 election voting distribution is a departure from the norm. 

According to the results released by INEC so far, the PDP won in Ondo state; surprisingly made a very good show in Osun state, and it won in Oyo state as well. This shows that the south-west is conscientious about its actions and it is shaking off the fetters of unilateral influence and control. 

I could imagine the Jagaban of Borgu at the height of his powers in the early 2000s, when he dictated the pace and play of politics in the south-west. Wherever he goes, the region goes.

In September, 2018, after the Osun gubernatorial election, I wrote that the outcome of the exercise showed the waning influence of the Jagaban. The 2019 presidential election voting distribution in the south-west accents this position. 

Besides this, is there no possibility that President Buhari will consign the Jagaban to a space of irrelevance when he returns like he did after the 2015 elections?  Remi Tinubu had once at the senate chamber lamented of how the Jagaban was relegated to the background immediately after the APC won the election.

It is really hard to say. But the rain falls even after a long period of sunshine. 

Nigerians will eventually be free.

 

Fredrick is a media personality.

Twitter: @FredrickNwabufo

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Buhari’s Victory Is A Revolution By Peter Claver Oparah​

26 February 2019 - 8:51am


Those who have been following my writings and social media activities will know that I had long called last Saturday’s presidential election for President Muhammadu Buhari. You may be partly right if you conclude that I was able to do so because I am a long standing fan of President Buhari. They also know that in 2015, I emphatically called the election for Buhari and he won. Baring any delays, President Buhari will soon be announced as the winner of last Saturday’s election. From all exit polls, he has comfortably coasted home to victory in an election that exerted lots of wasteful toll on his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar and his party, the PDP. As to how I rightly called these two last elections, they are topics for a more detailed future report. 

By nightfall on election day, I knew Buhari had won. This was the same thing in 2015. All those that called me to know the situation of things on the night of Saturday, March 28, 2015, still attest to this. Those that also called me last Saturday night, can further attest to my surety on the fact that President Buhari had won the 2019 presidential election. This is not prophecy, not guessing, not augury but simply a fact of knowledge of how the electoral system works. Shortly after the close of polls in 2015, results started flying in from the various polling units across the country. When big wigs, prime movers and influencers of the erstwhile Jonathan government lost their polling units, it was easy to see that the former government and PDP were on their way out of power. The same thing happened last Saturday. When virtually all the backbones of the Atiku presidential project and leading PDP aficionados in the country lost their polling units in last Saturday’s election, it was clear to any cerebral observer that the game was up for Atiku and the PDP. This is no rocket science but just a careful application of educated reasoning to view elections.

The anticipated Buhari winning of last Saturday’s election is a revolution. Why do I say so? Buhari was virtually riding against a mountain in this election. This was borne out of his commitment to rein the coffers of government and ensure that state resources are only channelled to governance. This was enough to spark off a counter-revolution amongst those that have, for decades, been feeding from the public treasury and when this class is hurt, a huge chunk of the citizenry is dragged to share its bruises. This frugal policy even affected his campaign and of course the general trend of the 2019 general election. Being Spartan and tight-fisted, Buhari’s insistence that no public money should be spent on his re-election was way out of trend with known fads in the country’s electoral process before now. It was a given that a siting government would latch open the national treasury to pursue its re-election dream and the 2015 election was a topping of that notorious act. But this year, because Buhari sat tightly over the public treasury, there was no outlandish laundering of state resources for his re-election. Everyone queued in line and the desperate opposition against him found it difficult laundering their heavy tranche of illicitly looted money for the election because an eagle-eyed security watch was placed on them.

For the past four years, Buhari has practically battled the principalities and powers that dominate Nigerian governance and economy and who led the defenestration of an oil-rich country and its abandonment in a valley of tears, despair and rot. He had walked through the opposite direction of the filth-ridden Nigerian officialdom to dismantle age-long fountains of corruption, decay and atrophy and displace a class of deeply entrenched but powerful carnivores that had been raping Nigerian treasury for ages. Welding an impeachable and unassailable moral high ground, Buhari has burgeoned those who deign the country’s treasury as their birth right’ to plunder and scavenge at will. He has capped very many rat holes through which the ethically bankrupt Nigerian elite salt the treasury and enrich themselves; to the advantage of the underprivileged, the poor and wretched of earth. Buhari has so tamed official corruption that it has become impossible for the sybaritic knights of atrophy that hitherto feed off the lifeblood of the Nigerian poor to eke out their cursed living. He has dispersed the cult of predatory buccaneers and savages used to free loading from the common till and rendered their base businesses nugatory. 

With the savings made from plugging the fonts of corruption, Buhari has embarked on perhaps the most ambitious infrastructural investment in our country’s history; building rails, roads, bridges, power plants, fixing decrepit airports, investing in health and educational sectors in a revolutionary effort to build real economy through investment in regenerative capital projects. With the much saved from his anti-corruption drive, Buhari has stabilized states that were bankrupt and on the brink of chaos when he came, ensured states are able to meet their statutory obligations, pay salaries, pay for projects. His investment in agriculture as a way of ensuring food security and tame rabid importation of food items is yielding high dividends. He had been able to kick start and run the most ambitious social intervention scheme in the history of the country which targets the poorest of the Nigerian poor, the unemployed youths, the vulnerable and those victims of the predatory Nigerian state that existed before he came. What more, Buhari has paid decades of pension arrears and saved a generation of senior retired citizens from untimely perdition and extinction.

Buhari has been able to cleanse the economy of the cobwebs of graft so as to free hitherto stolen funds to attend to the needs of the poor. Save for obviously politically-machinated killings here and there, Buhari has tamed the ravenous cancer of insecurity that once threatened to overrun the entire country and had ensured that the country’s security agencies are equipped to meet challenges that spring up to threaten the country and its citizens. 

For all these, he has attracted the raw venom and bile of the idle knights of freeloading who had spared nothing to sponsor insurrection against him and his government. The angry, bitter and inconsolable moths that used to feed on the commonwealth were so angry at Buhari that they launched the most vicious campaigns of hate against him, using any tool they could lay their hands on. These distressed nabobs found nest in a hurting PDP that was irredeemably sore over its loss of power and its exclusive corruptive privileges and their desperation saw Buhari at the receiving end of the most virulent syndicated attack a Nigerian President has ever faced. Using religion, ethnic and class weapons, they mounted a strident effort to seduce the same hapless citizens that were collective victims of their nefarious misrule to wage a war against Buhari. It got so bad that they hid under the shadow of age-old herdsmen to sponsor and perpetrate heinous murderous acts on targeted casualties so as to paint Buhari black. 

Buhari’s agony was not helped by the fact that he ignored the media in projecting his governance. A media that was wrapped under the foil of corruption was easy to seduce to lead the war against his government. With Buhari, not ready to pander to its voracious appetite for slush patronage, the media turned full-force to an anti-Buhari bayonet. At a time, it was hard to count just one radio station, one television station, one newspaper that was standing with Buhari. His war to rid the country of filth was not popular with the media so they leased their spaces to the hurting opposition and mangled and twisted news items to anti-Buharisentiments in a bid to stop him. Thank God, the social media came to the rescue as the millions of Nigerians who saw what Buhari is doing, commissioned themselves to deal with Buhari’s government communication shortfall. Of course this proved very decisive both in mitigating the injuries of the compromised orthodox media and seeing Buhari through another term.

Buhari faced well known opposition from the two other arms of government; the Legislature and the Judiciary whose penchant for corruption was not spared by Buhari’s all-encompassing war against filth. They both stood as impregnable bulwarks against his dream of a clean polity that is not encumbered by the relics of graft. Because Buhari refused to patronize their elephantine greed, they constituted institutional oppositions to him for the four years he had been in power. 

The worst but unusual casualty of the Buhari anti-corruption war is the religious bodies and personalities. Ostensibly because his regime’s war on corruption reduced the flow of illicit, stolen and coveted fund to their tills, so-called men of God went berserk in their anti-Buhari tirade. They spared nothing to paint Buhari black among Nigerians. In a worrying dimension, these religious leaders turned their pulpits into podiums for the spread of despicable lies, incitement, manipulation, hate, lies and fabrications against Buhari. They worked on the gullibility of their congregations to pit them against Buhari. They spared no lie against him and when Atiku Abubakar, with his elephantine moral glitches came up as PDP’s candidate against Buhari, they embraced him so shamelessly as the Jewish rabble embraced Barabbasagainst Jesus and were disgustingly so unscrupulous in hoisting him as the divine recommendation to save Nigeria from Buhari, despite his filthy history and his rich corrupt past. Like lascivious mongrels, these religious leaders damned all that is good and desirable to promote Atiku and used all antics to de-market Buhari amongst their congregants. At a stage, they became main purveyors of PDP’s ‘we are hungry’ antic  despite the fact that Buhari’s agricultural revolution has not only led Nigeria to a self-reliant nation but is drastically reducing the prices of foodstuff with mass food production. 

The ethnic slave drivers, the tribal bigots, the civil servants stripped of their illicit stealing of public money, the businessmen whose businesses starts and ends from milking the treasury, the political jobbers who saw Buhari as a nemesis to their predatory business, the displaced crooks and scammers, the political hustlers, the apex leaders, all the desperate interests that live on the stolen sweat of the Nigerian people were all united in the burgeoning anti-Buhari orchestra that led to last Saturday’s election.

But mercifully, as Buhari was retching enemies from his anti-corruption war, he was gathering innumerable admirers and followers from the poor, the downtrodden, the less privileged, who, for the first time in Nigerian history, became the focus of governance. They remain the unheard cadres of the country’s population who have been persistent victims of the state. For the first time, a government that not only identifies with their sordid fates and which was not reluctant to thread on the toes of the filthy powerful rich and influential was on the throne. For the first time, a government that believes in fixing the sectors to holistically address their traditional woes, is in power. It was easy for them to identify and stand with Buhari even as their voices were easily drowned by the propaganda of the embattled filthy rich who deigned the removal of Buhari as a battle of their lives. But as these desperate forces got more agitated in their anti-Buhari campaign, they were unknowingly recruiting more fans for Buhar and making them more hardened to ensure he continues what he was doing. These poor fans of Buhariknew a day of reckoning would come, which was last Saturday’s general election and they batted no eyelid to return him amidst the distressed antics of the anti-Buharicoyotes..

So, from all the darts, arrows and spears targeted on him, Buhari was able to triumph and emerge victorious. He was able to slay Goliath and his mighty army through his fidelity with truth, integrity and honesty. He was able to defeat the forces of Baal that had worked studiously for four whole years to undermine him because he is of God. His coming in 2015 was an act of God. His governance so far is an act of God. His emerging from a critical health challenge while many of those that wrote his obituary died in shame, was an act of God. His defeat of the forces of evil last Saturday is an act of God. His known public life is a testimony that you can get God’s approval by living right and just. Sadly, many of his traducers who hide under the banner of religion and who are defaming God by appending ‘men of God’ to their names while blatantly supporting evil, don’t know this.

So that Buhari was able to triumph over the huge web of conspiracy weaved against him en route last Saturday’s election is a revolution. It is an ethical revolution that targets the atrophies that trouble Nigeria since creation and which he had battled for the past four years; to the discomfort of the pests. What we had last started was a resolution of the poor against the filthy rich. It was a loud thumb-up for Buhari for what he had done these past four years and an encouragement for him to do more, especially in dealing with those that grew fat from the commonwealth. Last Saturday’s election was a massive endorsement for Buhari to deal decisively with the principalities that arrested the growth and progress of Nigeria for their selfish benefits. As the election was between two direct parallels; a stoic, Spartan, tight-fisted, impeccable, honest Buhari and a morally-wrecked, corrupt, spendthrift, Atiku, a Buhari win remains the loudest signal that Nigerians want more of the things he had been doing that have made thieves and treasury raiders grow inconsolably agitated these past four years. Through this revolution, the masses have spoken, loud and clear and the message is that we want more of the vintage Buhari touch. Congratulations My President!

 

Peter Claver Oparah

Ikeja, Lagos.

E-mail: peterclaver2000@yahoo.com

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Atiku Wins 24 Local Governments In Delta But Leaves One For Buhari

26 February 2019 - 8:09am


Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 594,068 votes to emerge winner of the presidential election held in Delta State.

Atiku won in 24 of the 25 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Delta, according to the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at its office in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

In total, PDP secured 594,068 votes, while APC got 221,292 votes.

See breakdown of result below:

1. Warri South LGA
PDP: 22,086
APC: 10,007

2. Isoko South LGA
PDP: 19,407
APC: 10,536

3. Isoko North LGA
PDP: 19,515
APC: 7,045

4. Warri South-West LGA
PDP: 81,833
APC: 43,214

5. Burutu LGA
PDP: 38,543
APC: 5,546

6. Warri North LGA
PDP: 25,394
APC: 12,744

7. Sapele LGA
PDP: 13,642
APC: 9,776

8. Ughelli North
PDP: 16,140
APC: 24,193

9. Okpe LGA
PDP: 11,167
APC: 7,769

10. Ndokwa West LGA
PDP: 20,498
APC: 3,579

11. Bomadi LGA
PDP: 62,297
APC: 1,742

12. Ndokwa East LGA
PDP: 20,976
APC: 3,312

13. Ethiope East LGA
PDP: 8,294
APC: 13,854

14. Ethiope West LGA
PDP: 29,458
APC: 8,648

15. Ughelli South LGA
PDP: 14,802
APC: 10,078

16. Aniocha North LGA
PDP: 12,996 
APC: 3,674.

17. Oshimili North LGA
PDP: 19,700 
APC: 1,960

18. Patani LGA
PDP: 17,028 
APC: 4,789

19. Ukwuani LGA
PDP: 14,681
APC: 4,552

20. Uvwie LGA
PDP: 12,712
APC: 7,591

21 Oshimili South LGA
PDP: 38,670
APC: 2,635

22. Udu LGA
PDP: 10,048
APC: 9,166

23. Aniocha South LGA
PDP: 14,770
APC: 3,239

24. Ika South LGA
PDP: 20,080
APC: 6,378

25. Ika North-East LGA
PDP: 29,331 
APC: 5,265

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Ndume: Saraki Played God During His Tenure As Senate President... Now, God Has Reacted

26 February 2019 - 8:02am


Senator Mohammad Ali Ndume, the senator representing Borno South at the National Assembly, has expressed satisfaction over the defeat of the Senate President Bukola Saraki at last Saturday's National Assembly polls.

Ndume spoke after he won reelection into the red chamber on Monday evening, in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

According to Ndume, “Saraki played God during his tenure as Senate President of 8th Assembly”.

He continued: “Maybe this will remind Saraki that there is God. Once you try to play God, God will react. Saraki played God, and he has now seen how God reacted.

"Saraki took things for granted; this is the consequence of taking things for granted."

He also thanked the people of Borno for voting for candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the polls, and restated the commitment of the APC administration to “continue the good works they have started”.

On the PDP's rejection of the presidential and National Assembly results, Ndume added: "There is no result yet; there is only collation of results. So, I don't know what PDP has come out to reject.

"I am surprised PDP has shown desperation about this election right from the beginning. There is nothing they can tell Nigerians. In a free and fair election, they can't win. PDP complained on issues; APC campaigned on issues.”

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Atiku Records Narrow Win Over Buhari In Taraba

26 February 2019 - 7:54am


Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), secured a slim win over President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State.

According to the figures released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, APC polled 324,906 votes while PDP secured its win with 374,743 votes.

Buhari lost by 49,837 votes.

The result was announced by Professor Shehu Adamu Iya, the collation officer for Taraba State.

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WATCH LIVE: INEC Announces Election Result Of 2019 Presidential Election

26 February 2019 - 7:54am

The announcement of results at the National Collation Center Abuja

 

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Buhari 2 - 5 Atiku — How Things Currently Stand In Bayelsa

26 February 2019 - 6:51am


President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won two Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Bayelsa State.

However, Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is currently leading according to the figures by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.

APC won in Nembe and Southern-Ijaw LGAs, while PDP won in five LGAs.

Professor Zana Akpagbo, the Returning Officer, announced the results on Tuesday.

In Nembe, APC polled 31,811 votes, while PDP got 7,167 votes. In Southern-Ijaw, APC polled 47,627 votes against PDP’s 41,629 votes.

In Ekeremor LGA, PDP got 21,857 votes, and APC got 9,097 votes. In Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA, PDP polled 16,040 votes to defeat APC that got 3,938 votes, while in Yenagoa LGA, PDP got 37,676 votes and APC polled 7,483 votes.

The seven LGAs so far announced are Yenagoa, Kolokuma/Opokuma, Nembe, Brass, Sagbama, Southern-Ijaw and Ekeremor.

Results from the remaining LGA have not yet been collated.

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Journalists Doze Off As INEC Fails To Show Up At Rivers Collation Centre

26 February 2019 - 6:12am




Journalists have slept off at the Rivers State collation centre of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as the commission has failed to turn up for the continuation of the announcement of results for the presidential election conducted in the state.

There was tension in the state earlier over allegations of plans to change the figures.

At the last count, Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was leading.

Journalists and election observers have been waiting for more than two hours now.

However, it appears the wait will extend beyond two hours as the INEC officials have still not turned up.

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BREAKING: Many Feared Dead As Gunmen Invade Kaduna Again

26 February 2019 - 6:01am


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Many people are feared dead after gunmen were said to have attacked Kajuru Local Government Area (LGA) in Kaduna.

The attack is coming less than a month after an earlier attack on the area, in which scores of persons lost their lives.

A statement by the Kaduna State government, issued by its spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, read: "The Kaduna State Government has today received the sad news of renewed attacks in Kajuru and Kachia local government areas. The government condemns this recourse to violence and calls on all communities to support the efforts to restore calm in the area.

“Today, the Kaduna State Government was briefed by security agencies of renewed attacks in Kajuru local government area, and in parts of neighbouring Kachia LGA. The Kaduna State Government has been assured that the security agencies are working assiduously to contain the situation.

“The Government is saddened by these attacks, condemns the perpetrators and urges all residents of the area to support the security agencies in their efforts to protect communities.”

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Momodu Asks Atiku To 'Pass On The Burden' By Calling Buhari To Congratulate Him

26 February 2019 - 5:28am


Dele Momodu, Publisher of Ovation Magazine, has urged Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to get in touch with President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) immediately to concede defeat in the presidential election.

Momodu gave the advice on Tuesday.

According to official figures released so far, APC is leading with a margin of over one million votes.

He tweeted: “My dear WAZIRIN, as a believer, you are aware that only God can give or take power. You've written your name in gold. Do not wait a minute longer. Please, pick that phone and call President Muhammadu Buhari. You have much more to gain Sir... Pass on the burden!”

My dear WAZIRIN, as a believer, you are aware that only God can give or take power. You've written your name in gold. Do not wait a minute longer. Please, pick that phone and call President Muhammadu Buhari. You have much more to gain Sir... Pass on the burden!

— Dele Momodu Ovation (@DeleMomodu) February 26, 2019

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