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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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Bogoro youths reject LG election results, over massive rigging

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Bogoro youths reject LG election results, over massive rigging

From Ali Sara, Bauchi

Concerned Bogoro Youth Forum in Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State have rejected the Local Government election results that took place last Saturday.
They alleged that the election was characterised by massive rigging.

The Youth Forum protested in Bogoro LGA capital to register their grievances.
They said, “This is the first time in our history that we are witnessing an election like this whereby results were being announced while voting was still ongoing.
“We demand that our votes must count adding whoever wins at the poll should be declared winner, we are not supporting any particular political party, but we need justice and fairness”.

The Chairman of the Forum Mr. Jerome Issac alleged that in Bogoro, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agents were seen abandoning ballot papers and other sensitive election materials

Isaac lamented that the results were announced and PDP candidates declared winners when the votes had not been collated”. He said.

“All we want is that our votes must be counted before declaring the winner of the election. I want to also remind the Governor that this was not what happened during his election in 2019 when the people stood by him and elected him as their leader, this shows that he is not a democrat and it is not good for our fledging democracy”.
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You may recall that the Peoples Democratic Party won all seats in the LG election from councillorship level to the Chairmananship.
Even some members of the state Assembly have rejected the results.

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LG election: Dogara’s aides express confidence of victory

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From Ali Sara, Bauchi

As the people of Bauchi State file out tomorrow to exercise their franchise in the Local Government election, the battle for supremacy between the two major gladiating political parties; the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Congress (APC) is expected to play out.

The immediate past speaker of the House of representatives Honorable Yakubu Dogara who recently joined the APC in his Bogoro local government has vowed to leave no stone unturned having embarked on door to door campaign to ensure victory.
Those vying for the chairmanship seat in the local government are Honorable Bulus Iliya of APC and Honorable Iliya Habila of PDP who are both former Senior Special Assistants to the former Speaker.

Flagging off his campaign Wednesday Honorable Iliya said that he is not afraid of the ruling party because the youth and women are with him.

According to him, he cannot be intimidated by anybody saying he does whatever he sets out to do without fear.
“I don’t fear face because I believe in God and God decide who will rule the LGA. I am not afraid that I am contesting against the ruling party, why because I know the masses are with me and I am sure I will defeat PDP on saturday”.

The APC candidate alleged that the only option for the ruling People’s Democratic Party is to try to manipulate the election because they have the government.
He expressed the believe that with God and the people by his side he will win the election.

“Definitely, if they are going to conduct a credible election we will be victorious come this Saturday”, he confidently boasted.

He called on the electorate to be law abiding, even as he advised them to protect their votes.

On his part Honorable Iliya Habila who is the immediate past Care taker Chairman of Bogoro LGA and the flag bearer of the PDP said he does not need to campaign because within the ten months of his stewardship in office the people can testify to his giant strides in the area of human and infrastructure development.

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Lawan congratulates Ondo Governor on re-election

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has sent a congratulatory message to the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, on his re-election to a second term at Saturday’s election.
Lawan also congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the victory of its candidate at the election, saying the triumph is well-deserved and heart warming.This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja yesterday by his special adviser on media Ola Awoniyi.The president of the senate noted that the election was a referendum on the stewardship of Governor Akeredolu in the last four years and that the Governor has passed the examination in flying colours.
The Senate President commended the people of Ondo State for their peaceful conduct at the poll, which has demonstrated their confidence in their country’s democratic process.
He also thanked the Ondo people for their consistency in identifying with progressive platforms now ably represented by the APC.
“By the outcome of this election, the people of Ondo State have spoken in a loud and unambiguous voice that the APC offers the best platform for the pursuit of their development goals and political aspirations.
“The electoral victory in Ondo State is a re-affirmation of the people’s faith in the APC government and the capacity of Governor Akeredolu to continue the transformation of  the state by consolidating on his achievements and opening new frontiers of development in the Sunshine State,” Lawan says.
The Senate President admonished the Governor not to deviate from the path that has taken him to a fresh mandate from his people. He also urges him to continue to implement APC’s progressive programmes for the benefit of all Ondo people.
Lawan called on other contestants in the election to join hands with the winner in working for the common good of Ondo people.

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