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Thugs Shoot INEC Official In Edo, Victim Hospitalised

20 September 2020 - 3:23am


The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that one of its officials was shot by thugs during Saturday's governorship election in Edo State.

Godswill Alameni, Collation Officer for Etsako Central Local Government Area disclosed this on Sunday.

Alameni said the unnamed INEC staff was shot on Saturday and was currently hospitalised.

This, he said, led to cancellation of results in a ward in the council.

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Akeredolu's Son, Babajide, Made N433m From N4.3bn Stashed In Ondo Government's Secret Account, Deputy Governor Alleges

20 September 2020 - 3:03am


Agboola Ajayi

Agboola Ajayi, deputy governor of Ondo State, on Saturday alleged that Governor Rotimi Akereolu's son, Babajide, made a whopping sum of N433m from the N4.3bn stashed in a secret account of the state government. 

SaharaReporters had reported how the controversial N4.3bn was kept in the secret account for over 10 years, generating interest until it was uncovered in May 2020 during auditing of the state accounts. 

Ajayi, who is the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party in the October 10 governorship election in the state, said the huge amount was siphoned by the governor's son under the guise of "consultancy fees" even when he had not rendered any service to the state.

Agboola Ajayi

The deputy governor made the allegation during a campaign of the ZLP at Ore under Odigbo Local Government Area of the state, noting that the government of Governor Akeredolu was being run by his son, wife, and extended family members.

He said, "If you remembered the N4.3bn that was found in the state government account a few months back, I want to tell you that Akeredolu's son (Babajide) siphoned the sum of N433m from it as consultancy fee and he didn't even render any service.

"Tell me, do you want to continue with that type of governor whose son and wife are in total control of the government? That is why we need to join hands together and boot them out of office.

"What we now have under Akeredolu is the government of the father, wife, and son who are daily siphoning our money while our people are suffering."

While noting that the consultancy fee had been a means by the present government to launder state funds, Ajayi said he would abolish the system if elected as governor of the state on October 10. 

He also promised to reduce tuition of students in Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, to N50,000, stressing that Governor Akeredolu's administration has commercialised education in the state. 

The All Progressives Congress government had increased the school fees of students of the university from N30,000 to N150,000. 

Assuring parents and students of a downward review in the tuition, Ajayi said his government would turn around the fortunes of the state for the interest of the masses. 

The deputy governor also said he will fix the lingering power problem in the Southern senatorial district of the state and restore electricity within 100 days if elected into power.  

A former governor of the state and national leader of ZLP, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, urged the people to vote for ZLP.

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Concerned Nigerians Group Urges US, UK, EU To Prevail On INEC To Ensure Credible Edo Election

20 September 2020 - 2:43am


The Concerned Nigerians group has called on the United States, United Kingdom and European Union to prevail on the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure the smooth conduct of the governorship election in Edo State.

The group, which earlier described the exercise as a coup, further said that there were efforts by politicians to undermine the exercise.

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In a statement, Convener of the group, Deji Adeyanju, said, "We wish to draw the attention of the international community to ongoing efforts by some political actors to fraudulently manipulate the outcome of the Edo election especially by changing results of Edo North. 

"It will interest you that the Edo North election results that have been collated over eight hours ago are still being withheld by INEC officials in collaboration with some politicians. This is unacceptable and if allowed will lead to interference in the electoral process in the state. 

"We appeal to our development partners to prevail on the INEC chairman not to compromise the ongoing electoral process in Edo State. We conclude by stating that equity aids the vigilant." 

Results so far announced by INEC indicate that incumbent governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Godwin Obaseki, was leading in the contest. 

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Obaseki Leads After Results From 14 Local Government Areas In Edo Election

20 September 2020 - 2:36am


Godwin Obaseki of APC

Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party is currently leading in the Edo governorship election.

Obaseki, who is seeking a second term in office as governor, is leading his main opponent, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress.

Godwin Obaseki

Results from 14 local government areas announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission so far indicate that Obaseki polled a total of 254,169 while Ize-Iyamu had a total of 163,429 votes.

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Results from the remaining eight LGAs are expected to be announced soon.

Governor Obaseki is leading after results from the 14 local government areas with a difference of 90,740 votes.

 

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#EdoDecides2020: INEC Announces Election Result

20 September 2020 - 2:23am

 

 

 

 

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WATCH LIVE: Announcement Of Edo Governorship Election Results By INEC

20 September 2020 - 2:18am

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#EDO2020: INEC Begins Announcement Of Election Results

19 September 2020 - 10:53pm

 

 

 

 

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PDP Accuses APC Of Plot To Alter Edo Election Result

19 September 2020 - 3:18pm


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The Peoples Democratic Party has accused the All Progressives Congress of plotting to alter the result of the Edo State governorship election.

National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, stated that the APC wws heaping pressure on the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission to increase the result of the party or totally change the election results in some polling units.

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He added that INEC’s virtual portal was increasingly becoming unstable, making it easy for a change of election results.

Ologbondiyan said, "We have also been informed that the INEC Chairman has come under intense pressure from the APC to allow the replacement of results declared in the riverine areas of Edo State in other to jerk up figures for the APC.

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"We also have information on plots being undertaken to replace results in Fugar and other adjoining local governments all in Edo North.

"We appeal to the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, not to fall for this pressure in the interest of the unity and cohesion of our country.

"We have the results as already declared in the various polling units and we urge INEC to confine itself to these results already declared by its officials at the polling units.

"We invite Nigerians to closely monitor results being declared on the INEC virtual portal to ensure the wishes of the people of Edo State are not altered overnight."

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Gunmen Attack Kogi Community, Kill One, Abduct Three

19 September 2020 - 2:19pm


Some gunmen have attacked Egume community in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, killing one person and abducting three others.

The gunmen, who allegedly dressed in Fulani attire, stormed Royal Garden Relaxation Spot on Anyigba-Ankpa Highway in the community on Thursday night.

It was gathered that the deceased was struggling to escape before he was shot dead, while one of his friends, who was sharing the same table with him was also shot and now receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Ayuba Ede, confirmed the incident in a statement on Saturday.

Ede said, “I received a report from Egume Division that three armed men attacked Royal Garden Relaxation Spot shooting sporadically.

“Immediately, the DPO mobilised operatives to the scene where he met one yet to be identified body lying in a pool of his blood. My men moved him to the hospital where he was confirmed dead. The body was deposited at the hospital for autopsy.”

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APC Wins Oshiomhole’s Polling Unit As PDP Scores Zero Vote

19 September 2020 - 12:28pm


The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Godwin Obaseki, got zero vote in the polling unit of the immediate-past Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole.

According to result announced, the APC polled 1,201 votes at Ward 10, PU 001, Estako West Local Government Area while the PDP scored zero vote.

Result Of Poll From Oshiomhole's Unit: Polling Unit 1, Ward 10, Uzairue Northeast, Estako West LGA
APC - 1201
PDP - 0 (nil)
ADP- 1
Void vote: 9
Registered votes: 1844
Unused Paper: 633#EdoDecides2020 #Edo2020 #EdoElection
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Ad Hoc Staff For Edo Election Protest Non-payment Of Allowances

19 September 2020 - 12:20pm


Some ad hoc staff recruited for the Edo State governorship election are currently protesting in Okada area of Ovia North-East Local Government Area over the non-payment of their allowances by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The youth corps members, as well as unemployed graduates, hauled insults and abuses at officials of the INEC for failing to pay N8,500 training and feeding allowances promised by the commission.

They accused the officials of an attempt to embezzle their allowances, which was supposed to have been paid on the eve of the election.

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Yiaga Africa Condemns Ballot Box Snatching, Violence At Polling Units During Edo Election

19 September 2020 - 12:07pm


Yiaga Africa has condemned the outbreak of violence during the Edo State governorship election.

The group also berated the activities of some security personnel at intimidating and harassing voters as well as observers monitoring the electoral process.

In a situation report, the group berated the late commencement of the election as well as partial compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines.

The group also stated that observers were harassed and their observation materials confiscated by party agents in Edogun Primary School Hall I under Orhionmwon Local Government Area and Ozolua Grammar School, Polling Unit 009 of Ward 10 in Ikpoba/Okha LGA.

“Yiaga Africa observers reported sporadic shooting leading to the suspension of voting in Idumwongo Polling Unit 5, Ward 7 in Orhionmwon LGA.

“The voting process was also disrupted in Obodeko Primary School, PU 003 in Ward 8 of Igueben LGA where a political party supporter mobilised thugs to the PU to disrupt the process.

“Incidents of ballot box snatching by party supporters in Ozolua Grammar School, Polling Unit 009 of Ward 10 in Ikpoba/Okha LGA and Obodeko Amahor Pri/Sch Unit 003 of Ward 8 in Igueben LGA,” Yiaga Africa added.

The group also said agents of two major contenders in the election – All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party – found a way around the secrecy of the ballot despite the presence of security operatives.

“Party agents interfered in the accreditation and voting process in PU 001 at Ugbo Wardin Orhionmwon LGA; Ukpato Ward, Evbuosa Pri/Sch Iguemokhua PU, Orhionmwon II.

“In Ihogbe Secondary School, Unit 006, Ward 5 of Oredo LGA, a political party agent gave a voter a PVC that does not belong to him to vote, the culprit was apprehended by the security,” it also said.

Yiaga Africa urged the electoral commission to extend the voting time to ensure all electorates were able to vote.

The group also called on INEC to ensure that polling unit result sheet; form EC8A for each location was uploaded on the INEC Result Viewing Portal and that there was strict compliance with the application of the election guidelines in the result collation process.

It also advised security agencies to maintain a high standard of professionalism and non-partisanship.

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Lagos Government Sanctions Full Reopening Of Religious Centres

19 September 2020 - 11:23am


Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government has sanctioned the full reopening of churches and mosques in the city.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made the announcement on Saturday during a briefing.

Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

He maintained that the safety protocols for Coronavirus will continue to be observed.

Religious centres in Lagos were shut in March to help curb the spread of the deadly virus.

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How Policeman, APC Thugs Brutalised Me For Stopping Ballot Snatcher –Edo Resident

19 September 2020 - 10:02am


A resident of Edo State, who identified himself as Charity, has explained how he was beaten by policemen and thugs suspected to be working for the All Progressives Congress for stopping a ballot snatcher at Unit 01, Adesuwa Primary School, Ward 7, Oredo Local Government.

Charity told SaharaReporters that immediately the thugs arrived at the unit, the policemen started shooting.

He said voters and electoral officers scampered to safety, a development, which made it possible for the thugs to carry away ballot boxes, ballot papers and other sensitive election materials.

“As the guy was running away with the ballot box, I ran after him. I caught up with him and immediately held him. Before I knew what was happening, some policemen came and started beating me.

“They asked me why I had to hold the guy, that was my business with a ballot box snatcher, they were joined by APC supporters. As some were slapping me, others were kicking me,” he said.

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The Ankara Corruption And The Nigerian Elections By Dapo Douglas-Momodu

19 September 2020 - 9:14am


Ankara is a type of cotton cloth featuring bright coloured patterns produced by a means of wax-resist dye technique, associated especially with West African fashion according to the Oxford dictionary. The relationship of the habiliment to the Turkey capital city is quite groggy or yet indecipherable as far as the eponym goes.

The Nigerian political class, solemnly established in intractable debasement and fractious prostitution of customs, prosaic gizmos and minutiae has, over the years, though scandalously and shamefully, has outdistanced all known yardsticks of profanity, obscenity and imbecility in attracting opprobrium towards the noble raiment fancied by many, revered by all its faddists and all orthodox local chiffoniers.

Indubitably over the last two decades and pronounce ably since the commencement of the current pernicious democratic order, Ankara has been condemned to being the ambuscade, criminal dragnet and insincere inveiglement for the impoverished voting population at the grassroots level especially, with a contemptible gratuity that ranged from five hundred naira and the recently heightened ten thousand naira, as in the case of Edo State, for transactional procurement of votes of the luckless, enfeebled and miserable people whose infraction alone is their lawful need or desire to participate in the process of choosing their own leaders and representatives at all levels and to fulfil the righteousness of laying credence to the credibility of the democratic procedures and protocol without which a full-fledged brigandage and political barbarism synonymous with fascism and tyranny will ensue in our polity.

All patriotic and innocent Nigerians had long bided goodbye to such mindlessness and instead opted for a potentially promising democracy with its full rigors a very long time ago. The memories of the military eras of gangsterism, endless looting and unquestionable murders of our common wealth and compatriots are debilitating and excruciating. No rational thinking Nigerian will touch those experience with a lengthened or far-reaching cordage.

The middle and the upper or the elites, the stupendously wealthy voting population, the reticent and the clamorous players alike all have an “ANKARA” schemed out for them and unwarily or naively scampered for a piece, in multiple cases, due to their insatiable avarice, irrepressible swinishness, and sheer rapacity, the supposedly exposed and well- endowed goons scramble violently for as many slots as they can corner in the exact picture of the lower leagues at the rung of the ladder.

The culpability of the venerable elder statesmen can’t also be excused in the Ankara sharing iniquitous routine. A different stroke applies to diverse hordes was/is key in fashioning the applicable, befitting and copacetic model of their pestiferous Ankara for them to look the other way in acquiescence to the reprehensible nation-wrecking but ‘’election victory?’’ guaranteed depravity.

Them take Ankara do our people? What is it with Ankara, our people and election (manipulations) in Nigeria?

The PDP and APC are the chief devils that brought the Nigerian project to its very knees as it is today. Both parties have nothing to offer, no ideological standings, nothing tangible to make of power when and if eventually they get successfully, as it’s always the case, into POWER, yes, power, not office, the lots can’t draw the lines between the two of those.

They are both bereft of what a sane society can and should be. The same lunatics, avaricious elements and hooligans who peopled the former now call the shots at the latter. With the two political parties, Nigeria, as we know it, already a disaster, can only nosedive into oblivion twenty times faster. The roguery and brigandage gets more pronounced by the day. With the two noxious political parties, Nigeria stands no chance.

The hapless, helpless, hopeless and poverty-stricken people have long lost their sense of dignity, virtually any iota of rational thinking and just about every shreds of the

capacities to resist the recklessness of their tormentors long long ago rather, though regrettably, they embrace, worship, celebrate and hail them.

The communal spirit and culture of defending, aiding, abetting and enthusiastic kowtowing to the depravity and vileness of the of the failed leadership in all sectors in the country is incurably ingrained blindly and tumultuously in our people, either at the grassroots, the middle or elite leagues, each category with different kinds of ANKARA to buy their conscience, corrupt their morality, dent their principles on rational judgments, and denigrate their principled stances on the fatalities that unrighteousness portends.

These for the umpteenth time, can only be quashed when a revolutionary shows up. Only then. But until then, the worst of the APC and PDP is warming up.

• Dapo Douglas-Momodu is a political affairs analyst and founder of DYNAMIC NATIONALISTS GROUP.

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Edo Governor, Obaseki, Wins Polling Unit

19 September 2020 - 8:46am


Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has won his polling unit in the ongoing governorship election in the state.

Voting at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area, Obaseki polled 184 votes while All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, got 62 votes.

In Unit 21 of the same ward, the PDP garnered 53 votes while the APC polled 33 votes.

Obaseki’s PDP polled 70 votes ahead of Ize-Iyamu’s APC that garnered 65 votes. In Unit 23, it was PDP 101, APC 32.

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In Unit 24 of the same Oredo Ward 4, PDP won with 94 votes, while the APC got 50 votes.

Also in the same ward, Unit 25, the PDP got 33 votes ahead of the APC’s 22 votes.

Casting of ballots ended in most of the areas at 2:30pm, a report by PUNCH said.

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Edo Election: PDP Wins Former APC Chairman, Oyegun’s Unit

19 September 2020 - 8:41am


Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Oyegun, has again lost in his polling unit to the Peoples Democratic Party in the ongoing Edo State governorship election.

Oyegun, who registered in Ward 2, Unit 2, in Oredo Local Government Area, voted at about 11:00am, SaharaReporters gathered.

At the end of voting, sorting and counting, the PDP candidate and incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki, scored 109 votes while the APC trailed behind with 40 votes.

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Oyegun had in a statement during the week refused to endorse Osagie Ize-Iyamu, his party’s candidate in the governorship election.

“I stand with the people of Edo State and urge them to come out massively to exercise their democratic rights. They should vote for good governance, common decency, principled leadership, especially in the political arena and the protection of their democratic rights.

“They should by their votes make clear that it is their right to choose their governor and nobody else’s. There is no room for fence sitters. This is a special situation and primitive loyalties should and must be set aside. Remember Mr President’s admonition in an equally challenging pre-election situation in Imo State, “vote your conscience,” he said. 

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Concerned Nigerians Group Condemns Conduct Of Edo Election, Describes Exercise As Coup

19 September 2020 - 8:38am


The Concerned Nigerians group has condemned the conduct of the governorship election in Edo State, describing the exercise as a coup.

The group slammed the Nigerian Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari over the administration’s overbearing influence in the conduct of elections in the country since the All Progressives Congress came into power in 2015.

Convener of the group, Deji Adeyanju, in a statement said, “The governorship poll ongoing in Edo is a travesty. The umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, security agents must take responsibility for the violence, voter apathy and electoral fraud that is being witnessed.

“It’s appalling that after deploying 33,000 armed policemen, soldiers, the DSS operatives to protect lives and property of the people, the election is still marred with violence. The security agents, I learnt, are intimidating voters, electoral officers and hounding opposition members.

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“There’s no better time to sign the electoral reform Bill into law than now. Buhari must take cognizance of the fact that he is one of the biggest beneficiaries of a free, fair and credible election and as such, must not deny others of this privilege.

“In view of the foregoing, what is happening in Edo can be likened to a coup. It’s an unconstitutional change of government. President Buhari has legalised vote-buying and violence. To win any election now, what is required of politicians is to recruit enough thugs, compromise security agents, INEC officials sent to conduct elections. It is unfortunate and must be condemned by all and sundry.”

Adeyanju also enjoined the international community to watch closely those perpetrating violence and subverting the will of the people.

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Oshiomhole Knocks INEC Over Non-functional Card Readers During Edo Governorship Election

19 September 2020 - 7:45am


Adams Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo State and ex-National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, has faulted the Independent National Electoral Commission for deploying non-functional card readers for Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

He spoke with journalists after casting his ballot at Polling Unit 01, Ward 10 in Uzairue North-East under Etsako West Local Government Area.

Adams Oshiomhole

He said, “Since 1999, this is the highest turnout that I have seen. Elderly women and men turned out impressively.

“The turnout showed that people have shown that they are ready for democracy. My only disappointment so far is that the machine is not working.

“The INEC officials have reported but they have not brought a new machine.

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“This exercise is supposed to have a closing time. If they are doing this in my ward, it means that somebody wants to remove the number of voters here. But I have told them (voters) to stay here, they have a right to vote.

“Nobody should come here and be unable to vote because of INEC’s failure.

“I cannot believe that this is an ordinary error because before bringing the machine here, you should have tested it. I pray that INEC should be able to regularise them (the machines).”

 

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School Building Collapses In Lagos

19 September 2020 - 7:22am


Lagos witnessed another building collapse on Saturday when a three-storey building at Ansarudeen Street, Ile-Epo, Ejigbo caved in.

A school, Excel College, is housed in the collapsed building.

Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the building partially collapsed at about 8:15am.

He said, “Information gathered from some officials of the school revealed that the building had previously shown signs of distress and the school was planning to renovate and refortify the structure.

“The three-storey building has two wings conjoined. The wing that collapsed has seriously affected the second wing as visible cracks can be seen on the walls, pillars and decking.

“Fortunately, nobody was trapped, no injury and no fatality has been recorded. Responders to the incident scene are LASEMA, Lagos State Building Control Agency and the police (Ejigbo division).”

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