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Low turn out in Kogi amidst shooting, ballot box-snatching by armed thugs

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The House of Assembly election in Kogi State yesterday witnessed violent outcomes as hoodlums in fake police and army uniforms scared away voters at polling units.
During the presidential and House of Assembly election Kogi west and Central were relatively peaceful except Kogi East where violence in Dekina and Igalamela Local Governments led to the death of about three persons and cancellation of election in about 129 poling units.
However in yesterday election there were shootings opposite Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Cathedral Lokoja by some hoodlums in fake police and army uniforms.
They scared away voters at the polling units opposite Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Cathedral Lokoja.

Sunday Adejoh a staff of the Justice, Development and Peace Commission, said many people from Karaworo Polling Station ran into the church premises for safety.

Adejoh said “as we are talking, all of us are lying down to escape being hit by stray bullets’’.

Also, at Oke Egbe Polling Unit 01 in Yagba West Local Government Area, a man was shot on the leg when some people invaded the polling unit to snatch ballot box and other materials.
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The victim, identified as Tunde Oladipo, was said to have joined hands with others at the polling unit to prevent the armed thugs from snatching the ballot box.

The invaders were however prevented from going away with the ballot box

The election witnessed voters aparthy at Dekiba/Bassa due to overnight sporadic shooting that scared the people from turning up for the election.

Though the election commenced peacefully and early in parts of Dekina and Ofu Local Government on Saturday.

Guardian checks revealed that simultaneous accreditation and voting commenced in most polling units visited in Dekina Local Government and Ochadamu in Ofu Local Government.

At Dekina in Sabongari ward unit 001 and 002 and Sabongari Market Square, the electoral materials and INEC officials arrived early with registration and voting following almost immediately.

The Eje-Dekina, Alhaji Usman Obaje who voted at Sabongari ward unit 002 commended INEC for the early arrival of materials and staff as he equally applauded the people for their peaceful conduct.

The traditional ruler urged the people and INEC officials to maintain the peaceful atmosphere to the end of the exercise but decried the low turn out of voters which he said was being replicated in other polling units.

Danjuma Alhassan, the Assistant Presiding Officer at Sabongari Market Square, Dekina, said the arrangement was quite in order and everything was going on smoothly only that turnout was low.

At Ochadamu Ward, Unit 003 the Presiding Officer, Kemi Osikoya said the materials got to the polling unit before 08.00 a.m and accreditation and voting commenced immediately and at about 9:40 am, few voters were seen on queue.

Also at Ochadamu, Helen Okorie, the Presiding Officer for LGEA/UEC Primary School Unit 004 said the conduct was peacful though turn out was low compared with that of February 23.

Meanwhile, some youths of Orokere community had earlier on Saturday conducted a peaceful demonstration to the palace of their traditional ruler, to protest against the alleged importation of thugs to their community by suspected opposition party members.

The youths alleged that the thugs were imported by some politicians in the area to cause mayhem and disrupt the electoral process.

Mr Segun Peter, the youth leader, who spoke on behalf of the youths at the palace, urged the monarch to call the politicians to order so as to forestall a breakdown of law and order during the elections.

“The thugs threatened to disrupt the electoral process in the community, and unleash terror on members of opposition parties.

“The thugs also threatened that voters, who have decided not to vote for their candidates should not bother to come out to vote.

“We are peace-loving people, our youths are ready to stand firm and resist any form of intimidation to protect our votes,” Peter said.

The monarch, Chief Ajayi Mejedi, the Ajugbonjagun of Orokere land, praised the youths for the peaceful protest and promised to call the people mentioned to order.

“This election will be different; nobody should foment any form of trouble before, during, and after the election,” the monarch warned.

He urged the people to go out and cast their votes peacefully for the candidates of their choice.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Saturday postponed the state House of Assembly election across Mopamuro Local Government Area of Kogi state.

The Electoral Officer, Mopamuro LGA, Mr Opanachi Ojodale, spoke at the INEC office in Mopa, that the election was postponed to Sunday March 10, due to wrong ballot papers that were taken to the area.

According to Ojodale, the ballot papers belonging to Akpa LGA in Kogi East, were taken to Mopamuro LGA, development that was discovered in the early hours of Saturday (election day).

He indicated that the new ballot papers for Mopamuro would arrive the LG office later in the day, from Abuja

INEC’s office in Mopamuro on Friday night distributed election materials to Registration Area Centres (RACs) at the ward level across the LGA.

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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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