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Election: 70 CSOs  Call for  Investigation into Incidents of Pre-filled Result Sheets 

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The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, has called for a thorough investigation into incidents of pre-filled results sheets during the Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi governorship election.

Convener, Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room,Yunusa Ya’u ,made the call at a news conference on the off-cycle governorship election in Abuja.

Ya’u  said that the Situation Room noted reports of pre-filled results sheets in Kogi , Ogorima and Mangogo Local Government Areas where someone was apprehended with filled results sheets and 1million naira cash in a bag.

“There were also reports of filled result sheets in RA Eika/Ohizeni, Okehi LGA.  Also in Adavi LGA, PU 044, RA01, there were reports of unavailability of election result sheets and failure to upload results on the iRev portal.

“Situation Room calls for thorough investigation of these incidents in order to preserve the integrity of the elections.”

Ya’u said that the coalition of CSOs observed that in Kogi State, transportation was not available in 26 percent of the Registration Area Centres (RACs) visited.

He said that materials were not properly batched in 17 per cent of the RACs visited and the required number of election officials were not available in 15 per cent of the RACs visited.

He said that the Situation Room urged INEC to take measures to ensure that these incidents would not result in the disenfranchisement of the registered voters in these areas.

The conveyer said that the group observed that the Bi-Modal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) functioned optimally in most polling units across the three states.

He however, said that there were reports of malfunctioning of the machines in some areas and  a number of eligible voters were disenfranchised.

 He said that Situation Room noted  that  security personnel deployed for the elections were relatively civil in their conduct within and outside polling units.

“However, some security personnel were observed standing-by while vote buying was going on

“Situation Room received reports of widespread vote buying across the three states. Some of the specific instances include sale of votes for amounts ranging from as low as N1,000 to N30,000 at various locations.

“In Bayelsa State, for instance, voters were seen showing their thumb printed ballot papers in exchange for rice, drinks and money in PU 015, RA11, Southern Ijaw LGA. “

Ya’u said that Situation Room partners reported 19 incidents of violence in the three states  and several injuries were reported.

He added that on a general note, citizens came out to vote, contrary to the initial apprehension that trailed  beginning of the electioneering process.

He said that Situation Room called  on INEC and security agencies to ensure the peaceful and transparent conclusion of these elections.

 He said that the Situation Room specifically called  on security agencies to continue to maintain law and order through the remaining phases of this exercise.(NAN)

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Tinubu Mourns Ex-Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu

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President Bola Tinubu has extended his deepest condolences to the Onu family over the passing of Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, a former Minister of Science and Technology in the Buhari administration.

Chief Onu passed away on Thursday at the age of 72.

“The President mourns a luminous star in Nigeria’s political firmament.

The first civilian governor of Abia State; former minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, a principal draughtsman in the founding of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and a valiant partner in the victory of the party in the 2015 elections.
 

“Most importantly, the President celebrates the life of an accomplished scholar, first-class engineer; a man of proven integrity; defiant to indiscipline, but ever yielding to the highest standards of rectitude,” a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Presidential spokesman quoted the President to have said.

The statement said Tinubu affirmed that the late Onu epitomized Nigeria in concord; in wholeness, as the late statesman believed in and defended Nigeria’s unity, advocated peace, and promoted fellowship across the Niger.

The President also condoled with the friends and associates of Chief Onu, Ebonyi and Abia State Governments, and all Nigerians grieving this gaping loss.

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PDP Appoints Chinda as Chairman for Ondo LG Congress, Ahead of Primaries

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has appointed Rep. Kingsley Chinda as the Chairman, Local Government Congress Electoral Committee for Ondo, ahead of Saturday’s governorship primaries.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Ologunagba said that the constitution of the committee was approved by the National Working Committee (NEC) of the party.

“The committee members are to serve on the local government Congress Electoral Committee to conduct National Delegates Congress for the purpose of electing one national delegate per local government area in Ondo,” he said.

Ologunagba said that the congress would hold at the Collation Center of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in each of the local government areas of the state.

Ologunagba advised all the governorship aspirants, leaders, critical stakeholders and members in Ondo to take note and be guided accordingly.(NAN)

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Gov. Idris Cautions Against Using Pulpit for Political, Personal Interest

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Gov. Nasir Idris of Kebbi has urged Islamic scholars to stop using the pulpit to advance their political and selfish interest.

Idris gave the advice when he received the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammad Bashir, who paid him Sallah homage at the Government House in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.

“It is glaring that some Ulama mount the pulpit or use Tafsir sessions to castigate leaders and cast aspersions on their persons for smear campaign or self fulfilment.

“I am also not immuned from such acts; such unholy attitude must cease, to safeguard the sanctity of religion and protect the dignity of leaders,” the governor said.

The Ulama, he emphasised, should uphold their value as moulders of good character and morality and stop soiling the faith because of their personal aggrandisement.

Idris, who holds the traditional title of Kauran Gwandu, acknowledged the support and cooperation of Gwandu Emirate Council to his administration.

He urged the traditional institution in the state to sustain prayers for peace and prosperity in the country.

The governor also expressed happiness with the resuscitation of the annual Durbar,  which was suspended for many years.

“For a long time, Durbar has not been staged by the Gwandu Emirate Council until now while I am the governor of the state.

“Being my first observance of the Eid-el Fitr as sitting Chief Executive, I am highly impressed with the colourful event,” he said.

Idris assured people of the state that his administration would pursue ongoing reforms aimed at economic growth and development of infrastructure in the state.

Earlier, the Emir, reprsented by Alhaji Abdullahi Umar, the Wazirin Gwandu, pledged the support and loyalty of the emirate council to the state government.

He commended the governor for the remarkable achievements being recorded across the state, including turning the state capital to a modern city.

The emir led an enchanting durbar procession from the palace to the government house, watched by thousands of residents.

(NAN)

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