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Lamido(jnr) lampoons INEC for postponement of election, double standards

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Lamido(jnr) lampoons INEC for postponement of election, double standards

By John Akubo

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Jigawa Central Senatorial District Mustapha Sule Lamido has challenged INEC for its double speak on the conduct of the 2019 general election when it said it was prepared and that there was no going back on the February 16th, 2019 date only to turn around to postpone the election.
Speaking in his reaction to the postponement of the election almost four hours to the conduct of the election in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Lokoja, he said the electoral umpire should take the blame for the surmasault and trial and error tactics.
Quoting the INEC chairman professor Mahmood Yakubu, Mustapha Sule Lamido said he watched in an earlier interview where the INEC chairman (Yakubu)said he could not foresee any possibility of posponement of the election because they have gone ahead with their preparation and there is no possibility of postponement.
He said the INEC chairman had indicated that the electoral umpire was not contemplating the possibility of postponement February 16, 2019 is for the election of President and National Assembly and we are prepared.
The senatorial candidate said February 16th, 2019 was a disappointing day for the country and for Nigerians.
“It is very sad that up till now our institutions are very weak that so many things can not be done especially elections which are very critical as it is meant for citizens to come out and exercise their civic responsibility to elect leaders of their choice without hindrance.
He said, “People from all corners of the country had teaveled home just to exercise that fundamental right as enchrined in the constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria.
“It is so sad that after INEC had given people assurances that nothing will make them to postpone the election date but unfortunately four hours to the election they decided to shift the date and above all the sad aspect is that the posponment was not due to any serious reason like security but logistic reason. It is unfortunate and so sad.”
He said it has shown that INEC was not prepared in the first place making people to lose confidence in the electoral body.
According to him, in some of the isolated elections they brought inconclusiveness.
“It is a sad day for Nigeria and for everyone in this country. The world is watching us, what INEC did has sent the wrong signal to the world so they must be careful in the way and manner they are going to conduct the election.”
He said nobody will accept any further postponement again, Nigeria and the international community would not accept it, and even political parties would not accept it.
He expressed the hope that INEC will not dare contemplate another postponement.
“I want to chanllenged INEC that now that their action has tensed up the country and the people are anxious, a lot of the electorate have lost confidence in them they have no option that ensure that the people’s votes counts, they should ensure the results reflect their votes.
“I am a candidate for Jigawa Central senatorial district, they should make sure the votes are counted and when we win our mandate is not denied us.”
On the intercepted thumbprited ballot papers in Kano which were said to be moving to Jigawa and cases of places the collected PVCs were more than registered voters he said it was one of the tricks of the ruling party to rig the election, adding that whatever tricks they employ to rig the election is not going to work.
“I want to refresh their memory that in 2015 the PDP had all it takes to pepertrate themselves from the presidency to the national assembly, Governorship to the State Houses of Assembly but when they won, their mandates were given to them.
He challenged the ruling APC to emulate the PDP instead of rigging.
“I think what they are planning would plunge the country into anarchy and chaos. People are tired they want PDP back they believe in the transparency the PDP brought to bare in the electoral system.”
Lamido(jnr) challenged Nigerians to always hold their leaders accountable saying even INEC should accept its failure for the postponement of this election.

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Secondus to APC: Fix the country rather than waste energy pestering Fani-Kayode, others to join your fold

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Ahead of 2023, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Uche Secondus, has challenged the All Progressives Congress, (APC) to face the task of fixing the broken economy and insecurity of the country rather than the current illegal hunt for its members.

He spoke during a meeting between former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode and the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, in Abuja.

In his words, “We advise our brothers on the other side, especially some of these governors and leaders of APC that they should face the business of governance.

“Jumping around and looking for critical stakeholders of our party to poach will not resolve the issue of security or economy.

“They are aware that security has broken down, the economy has broken down. They should face that business for which they were elected.

“Our brother is firm and a man of his word. There is no amount of trick that will make him sway otherwise. He is firm with PDP and we are back to business while we prepare for 2023.

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Ekiti East Constituency 1 bye-election to hold on 20th March, 2021, says INEC

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Ekiti East Constituency 1 bye-election to hold on 20th March, 2021, says INEC

By Janet Samuel

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Saturday 20th March 2021 for the conduct of a bye-election to fill the vacant seat for the Ekiti East Constituency 1 of Ekiti State.
The National Commissioner and Chairman
Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye made this known in a press statement on Wednesday in Abuja
He said the vacancy arose as a result of the death of Hon. Adegbuyi Oluwajuwa Amos, member representing Ekiti East Constituency 1 in the House of Assembly and the subsequent declaration of vacancy for the Constituency by the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye.

He said met and deliberated on the conduct of Bye-election into the vacant seat of Ekiti East Constituency 1 of Ekiti State.

According to him, the official notification for the election will be published Wednesday 24th February 2021.

He said the Political Parties shall conduct their primaries between 26th February and 3rd March 2021 while the last day for submission of list of nominated candidates is at 6pm on the 8th March 2021.

“The Access Code for the nomination forms shall be available for collection from 26th February 2021 at the Commission’s headquarters.”

Okoye enjoined all political parties intending to field candidates to pay close attention to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities and to conduct transparent and valid party primaries that meet the provisions of Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended).

The Commissioner urged Political parties to note that under section 31(8) of the Electoral Act, a political party which presents to the Commission the name of a candidate who does not meet the qualifications stipulated in the Constitution and the Electoral Act shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction shall be liable to a maximum fine of N500,000.00.

The detailed Timetable and Schedule of activities he said has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.

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Group condemns incitive utterances, pledges support to gov Sule

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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Political group referred to as Lafia Progressive Forum has condemned utterances its described as inciting and unguarded made by one Mohammadu Barde against governor Abdullahi Sule’s appointment.

Dahiru Musa, the chairman of the group at a press briefing on Wednesday in Lafia said the utterances and claim of Mr. Bards is disturbing and unfortunate and does not represent the voice of the people of Lafia local government.

“The group stated that the entire content of the utterances are figment of his wild imagination. It is meant to gain cheap popularity, we therefore distant ourselves from everything contained in the utterances.

“The good people of Lafia local government highly appreciate the generosity of governor Sule led administration, fair distribution of appointment and developmental projects across all local governments”, Dahiru said.

The group called on people in the local government to ignore any video on social media inciting the public against governor Abdullahi Sule who has been fair to all the local governments in terms of appointments and developments.

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