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Massob raises alarm over INEC registration

Image result for biafran flagThe Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign state of Biafra, MASSOB has raised alarm over how the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,  have perfected plans to deny Igbo from getting registered in the ongoing voters registration exercise. MASSOB made the allegation in a release issued in Owerri by the National Secretary Comrade Ugwuoke Ibem Ugwuoke.

“The Movement for the Actualization Of the Sovereign State of Biafra  MASSOB raises a gravely concerns over the ongoing voters registration exercise in Igbo land where Ndigbo are being frustrated and disfranchised by the staffs of INEC. “This tutored activities of INEC officials under the control and directives of Hausa Fulani leaders appointed by President Buhari is one the major reasons why MASSOB may not support the conduction of the general election of 2019 in Biafra land.” The release went further to explain how MASSOB got to know about the development, “Reports gathered by MASSOB Security Intelligent Agents proofs that INEC has started the processes of rigging and doctoring the incoming elections to favor the interest of Hausa Fulani. “Last week at Aguata, MASSOB witnessed indiscriminate criminal acts of INEC officials at Aguata registration centre at a remote location in Ekwuluobia. “MASSOB saw lot of young people hanging around, they were not registering, it was informed that INEC said they can’t register because they were 18yrs at the point of the last registration in 2014 and they did not register.” MASSOB alleged that the INEC officials said: “they can only register if they can prove that they weren’t around in the last registration exercise by providing a copy of their International Passport. “After much pressure to know why such condition must be attached for voters registration, the INEC officials insisted that the order is from above and must be followed. “MASSOB queried what concerns International Passport with voters registration for people Nigeria claimed are their citizens? Is this same INEC system and bottleneck conditions from above working in the Northern region of Nigeria? “MASSOB sees these bottleneck conditions a smooth way for disfranchising the people of Eastern region in the coming elections which Nigeria thinks will hold. “MASSOB under the leadership of our leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu insists that there may be no Nigeria that will run a general election in 2019 because the artificial expression called Nigeria is already sitting on a dangerous time bomb that will explode any moment before 2019. “MASSOB advice the people of Biafra to be more conscious of the reality of Biafra than who becomes Senators, Governors or other political appointment in Nigeria.”

Politics: Edo controversial election shifted to September 28th

APC, PDP clash as INEC fixes Sept 28 for Edo pollEdo State will elect a new governor on September 28 after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday postponed the election by 18 days.

On Wednesday, the Directorate of State Services (DSS) and the police advised the agency to shift the poll because of an untoward security situation.

At a joint news conference, the security agencies said it would be impossible for the election to hold on schedule.

The INEC, whose top officials, including Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, were already in Benin, the state capital, said it would meet and take a decision based on the advice.

The initial position of the agency yesterday was to go ahead with the election.

INEC National Commissioner in charge of voter education and publicity Prince Solomon Soyebi, said the agency was ready and would go ahead.

“We cannot shift the election on the basis of security report. We have weighed all the parameters and consequences of postponing the election. This Commission will not mortgage its independence for the sustenance of democracy.

“We have made 99 percent preparation for the elections and we have also weighed the political atmosphere,” Soyebi said.

But he later made a U-turn to announce a new date after a long deliberation. Reporters were kept for a long time after the agency called a news conference to break the news of the shift

Politics: Reasons INEC want Edo election shifted

INEC keeps parties, others in suspense over Edo pollReports have it that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chair Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu yesterday convened a stakeholders’ meeting in Benin, the Edo State capital, after receiving the security advice that Saturday’s governorship election should be shifted.

Leaders of political parties, civil society and traditional rulers attended the meeting, which sparked a huge debate and suspense.

Yakubu told the impromptu gathering that the call for postponement had nothing to with the preparation for the election. He said INEC was ready for a successful poll.

He is to meet with security agencies for more details about the threat and how it could affect the election.

A decision will be taken today on whether the election will go on or not, Yakubu said, adding that the independence of INEC is guaranteed.

Why Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State was sacked

…I still remain the Gov. of Abia State

As reports have it, the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja presided over by  Justice Okon Abang has annulled the election of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and ordered INEC to issue a Certificate of Return to Mr. Uche Oga, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, who contested the governorship ticket with the governor. The order was based on the allegation that Ikpeazu submitted false information to his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the party’s governorship primary in December 2014. The court held that Mr. Ikpeazu was guilty of tax evasion and was, therefore, unqualified to have contested the 2015 governorship election in the state. The court also ordered the governor to vacate office immediately, and hand over to Mr. Ogah, who came second in the PDP governorship primary in Abia. The accusation Gov. Ikpeazu was accused by two members of the PDP for  failing to pay personal income tax promptly  as  at when due for 2010 and 2011 in line with Section 24(f) of the 1999 Constitution, which states that “It shall be the duty of every citizen to … declare his income honestly to appropriate and lawful agencies and pay his tax promptly.”

In suit no. FHC/ABJ/ CS/1086/2014, dated December 22, 2014, and instituted at the Federal High Court, Abuja, two individuals, Obasi Eke and Chukwuemeka Mba, had asked the PDP and INEC to disqualify Mr. Ikpeazu from contesting the governorship election. The plaintiffs contended that Mr. Ikpeazu was not fit and proper, having failed to pay his personal income tax for two years in line with the demand of the Constitution of Nigeria. They further asked the court for “A declaration that the 3rd de­ fendant, Mr. Ikpeazu, having failed and/or refused to pay his personal income tax promptly as at when due for the years 2010 and 2011 in compliance with the mandatory provisions of Section 24(f) of the CFRN, 1999, as amended, as well as Paragraph 13 of Part IV of the Electoral Guidelines for Primary Elections 2014, is not a fit and proper person to contest the gubernatorial election of Abia State in the 2015 general election, and is accordingly disqualified from contesting the election.” They also asked for an order barring the PDP from presenting Mr Ikpeazu as candidate for governor in the 2015 election. Other reliefs sought by the plaintiffs included an order barring INEC from accepting Mr. Ikpeazu as Abia State PDP governorship candidate for the 2015 election. They also requested a consequential order that the candidate at the PDP primary election of December 8, 2014, who polled the second highest number of votes cast at the said election should be pronounced the rightful candidate of the party for the governorship election. Don’t panic, I remain your governor, Ikpeazu tells Abians Reacting to his removal from office, the Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu  called on Abians not to panic, but  to remain calm over the judgment delivered  in favour of Mr. Uche Oga against him, in the case of alleged falsification of tax receipts. Governor Ikpeazu, who said that he has faith in the judiciary and rule of law, added that he will appeal the ruling as he has instructed his lawyers to file an appeal immediately against the said judgment. The Governor noted as an appointee of the Abia State Government from 2011 to 2014, when he served as the General Manager, Abia State Passengers Integrated Manifest and Safety Scheme (ASPIMSS), and first Deputy General Manager, Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) Aba and Environs respectively, before his resignation in October 2014 to contest the Governorship election in the state,   his taxes were deducted at source, and when he had need of his tax clearance in 2014, he applied to the Abia State Board of Internal Revenue, and was duly issued with his tax receipts for the period in question. He maintained that he remains the Governor of the state according to law and will await the final determination of the matter by the appellate court.

INEC Clarifies Reason For Suspending Rivers Re-run Elections @arthurrichard61

Pursuant to the Orders of the Court of Appeal, the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) conducted elections into various seats in both the National and the Rivers State House of Assembly yesterday, the 19th of March, 2016. Rather unfortunately, some of these elections witnessed the disruption of the process, including the barricading of some of the INEC Local Government offices and Registration Area Centres(RACs) used for the distribution of Electoral materials which led to the late commencement of the exercise in some places and consequently, its smooth take off. Of more serious concern was the level of threats, violence and intimidation of election officials and voters by well armed thugs and miscreants allegedly acting on behalf of some politicians, which marred the elections in some areas. There were reports of numerous attacks resulting in fatalities, kidnappings, ballot snatching, diversion of officials and materials, amongst others, which necessitated its suspension in 8 Local Government Areas. Regrettably, such deviant behaviour has continued today. Several permanent and ad hoc staff engaged have been attacked, again resulting in fatalities, while some have been forcibly abducted and taken to presently unknown destinations. Under such difficult circumstance, the Returning Officers were only able to collate and declare results in 1 Federal and 9 State constituencies where the disruption and malpractices were not so widespread. Having reviewed the situation, the Commission is compelled to suspend all further action concerning the exercise in all the other constituencies in the State pending the receipt of a comprehensive report from its Field Officials and Monitors. For the avoidance of doubt, it should be noted that the suspension does not affect the constituencies where the exercise has been completed and the results declared by the Returning Officers.

—————-  Oluwole Osaze- Uzzi, Director, Voter Education and Publicity.

INEC, Wike, PDP Ask Tribunal to Dismiss Dakuku’s Application to Scan Ballot Papers @arthurrichard61

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has urged the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja to dismiss an application filed by defeated Rivers State APC Governorship candidate, Mr Dakuku Peterside seeking an order of the tribunal to permit him scan and crop ballot papers used for the April 11 election.

Also, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, asked the court to dismiss the application, saying it had made a similar ruling on June 11, 2015.

Mr Peterside through his counsel Chief Akin Olujimi had requested the tribunal to direct INEC to allow the APC, her forensic experts and her lawyers access to ballot papers used for the election for the purpose of photocopying, scanning and cropping of same.

Counsel to INEC, Chief KCO Njamanze while urging the tribunal to dismiss the application said the request is alien to the Electoral Act.

He argued that Section 151 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended ) permits only the inspection of election materials and nothing else.

According to him, the prayer of Mr Dakuku Peterside is not within the contemplation of the lawmakers who enacted the Electoral Act.

Gov Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, con's photo.

In his submission, Emmanuel Ukala (SAN ), counsel to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike informed that the application brought by the defeated APC Governorship candidate is similar to the one ruled upon by the tribunal on June 19, 2015 allowing the APC to inspect election materials.

He urged the tribunal to abide by its earlier ruling on the matter, pointing out that it had done same in previous instances.

According to him, the ruling of June 19 has closed the issue of inspection, whether it is called scanning or cropping of ballot papers. He said that the tribunal in line with the law cannot revisit its earlier ruling.
He added that the issue of inspection is also before the Appeal Court for determination, making it unnecessary for the tribunal to attempt to tie the hands of the Appellate Court.

Counsel to the PDP, Chris Uche (SAN ) described the application by the APC as am abuse of court process, which should be dismissed.

The counsel to the APC, Akin Olujimi (SAN ) maintained that his motion is within the ambit of the law. He said that the defeated Rivers State APC Governorship candidate needs to have access to the original ballot papers , so that his forensic experts can analyse same.

The tribunal adjourned the case to Friday, August 28 for ruling.

(Politics) Inconclusive Elections Hold Today @semaotakeit

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The Independent National Electoral Commission is to conduct 27 supplementary elections across eleven states in the country on Saturday (today).

There are three governorship, one senatorial district, one federal constituency, and 22 state constituency supplementary elections today.

Prominent among the elections are the supplementary governorship elections for Abia, Imo and Taraba states.

The commission in its bulletin on Friday, said that in Abia State, the election would take place in nine local government areas.

It listed the affected local government areas as Aba North, Aba South, Ikwuano, Ohiafia, Osisioma, Ugwunagbo, Umuahia North, Umuahia South and Umunneochi. 276 Polling Units are involved in the elections and 179,224 registered voters are expected to vote.

In Imo state, the election will take place in four local government areas, namely: Isiala Mbano, Isu, Oguta and Ikeduru.

The commission added that 256 Polling Units are involved in the election and that 144,715 registered voters are expected to vote in the election.

In Taraba state, the election will take place in ten local government areas, which are Bali Zing, Takum, Yorro, Donga, Wukari, Ussa, Karim Lamido, Kurmi and Jalingo.

INEC said that 159 Polling Units are involved in the state and that 127,125 registered voters are expected to exercise their franchise.

States where other forms of supplementary elections (Senatorial District, Federal Constituency and State Constituency) will take place tomorrow are: Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Gombe, Niger and Kogi.

Overall, 2,029 Polling Units are involved and 1,258,362 registered voters are expected to take part in the elections, the commission added.

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