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INEC fixes date Ekiti, Osun governorship elections

INEC announces dates for Ekiti, Osun governorship polls

By Vincent Ikuomola 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced April and September 2018 dates for governorship polls in Ekiti and Osun states.
The tenure of Ekiti incumbent governor, Ayodele Fayose and his Osun state counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola would end on Oct 15, 2018  and November 28, 2018, respectively.
According to the timetable released on Thursday in Abuja by the electoral body, the Ekiti and Osun elections would hold on  July 14th and September 22, 2018, respectively.
Based on the timetable any run off election would  be held within seven days after the announcement of result in line with relevant laws.
The timetable for the polls was signed by the Commission’s secretary, Mrs Augusta Ogakwu.
According to the timetable, INEC is expected to issue notice for the Ekiti  election on April 4, 2018, which is not later than 90 days before the election. Political campaigns would commence  on  April 15 while collection of forms by political parties for issuance to candidates would come a day after.
Political primaries and resolution of disputes arising from such was slated for 15April-14 May, 2018.
Notice of election was fixed for 23rd June 2018 while campaign for the Osun state government house would start on June 25, 2018.
Collection of forms for the Osun election has been fixed for June 25th, while primaries and resolution of arising disputes must be conducted between June 24- July 23rd, 2018.
Speaking on the dates,  INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Prince Solomon Soyebi  said INEC was guided by the  provisions of section 178(1)and (2) of the 1999 constitution as amended, and section 25(7) and (8) of the electoral Act,2010 in arriving at the dates.n
He also restated the Commission’s earlier warning to intending aspirants and their parties that the release of dates for elections did not amount to notice for campaigns for votes. He further warned that parties which infringed  on provisions of the Electoral Act as amended  would be sanctioned.
“Anybody who deviates  from the Electoral guidelines by engaging in public campaign ahead  of the date for commencement of campaign is committing electoral offence and will be prosecuted.
“All political parties and their candidates are hereby enjoined  to cooperate with us,” Soyebi said.


Prove allegations of corruption against me or shut up,  Atiku dares critics

Prove corruption allegations against me or shut up – Atiku

“It is sickening to continue to regurgitate allegations of corruption against me by people who have failed to come forward with a single shred of evidence of my misconduct while in office,” former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said. 

The former vice president advised “self righteous political enemies” to either prove alleged corrupt activities, or mind the skeletons in their own closets and keep quiet.

The chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said this yesterday at a facility tour of the new ultra-modern Yaliam Press Limited in Jabi area of Abuja. 

He also said, in a press statement released by his media office in Abuja, that he would fight corruption like never before if he was given the opportunity to preside over the affairs of the country. 

He added that people who have no initiative, personal resourcefulness and ideas about wealth creation always assumed that a man could not build himself without stealing. 

He added that it was morally offensive for people who despised honest labour to become judges in the courts of public opinion. 

The Wazirin Adamawa said though he had not been convicted of corruption by any court in the land or elsewhere, his political enemies had been parading a fake morality to fool gullible Nigerians. 

“Despite previous desperate efforts to link me with corruption, the William Jefferson trial in the United States ended in 2009 without indicting me or linking me to corrupt activities,” he said. 

Atiku, who was responding to the welcome address by the Chairman/CEO of Yaliam Press Limited, Yahaya Ali Amfani, recalled that he pasted a ‘reminder’ at his bed rest during his training as a customs officer that he would retire from any agency if he had not attained the headship of the place at the age of 40. 

He also said that he was able to attain the position of deputy director before his exit in 1989 to chart a career in business. 

Atiku told the management and staff of Yaliam Press that he retired from the customs service with untainted record, and that if anybody had evidence that he stole a kobo at the customs or during his tenure as vice president, such accusers should come forward or file a petition against him. 

Atiku said he didn’t become vice president in 1999 as a pauper because he had been a successful investor throughout his retirement life. 

Source : Daily Trust 

Anambra: Abuja APC chiefs plot to annul Nwoye’s nomination as governorship candidate

Nwoye: Abuja APC chieftains plot election annulment

Yusuf Alli 
There is a plot in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to annul the Anambra Sta,

te governorship primary election which House of Representatives member Tony Nwoye won.
It was learnt that some influential members of the party in Abuja, known as “Abuja Forces”, were unhappy that Nwoye secured the ticket.
The forces include some members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), some ranking members of the National Assembly and some money-bags who feel that their interest will not be protected by Nwoye, sources said.
They are mounting pressure on the party’s leadership to drop Nwoye for Sen. Andy Uba.
But an aide to Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima said the primary election was transparent, free and fair.
He said the governor would be shocked if the “Abuja Forces” were allowed to cancel it.
According to sources, the “Abuja Forces”, comprising mostly of stakeholders outside Anambra State, tried to influence Shettima to skew the primaries in favour of their preferred candidate.
The governor, who resisted the pressure, also refused to get official accommodation from Governor Willie Obiano.
After the failure to influence the primary, the Abuja Forces came up with “Plan B” to cancel the primaries.
They succeeded in enlisting some members of the NWC to ensure the cancellation of the primary.
The NWC members have teamed up with some ranking members of the National Assembly and some money-bags to annul the results.
It was gathered that the forces prevailed on the NWC not to congratulate Nwoye as the party’s candidate. Besides, they are believed to be behind the petition sent to the party’s Governorship Primaries Appeal Committee sitting in Abuja.
A source said:  “Their first major plan is to discredit the outcome of the governorship primaries. They have already conscripted an Adviser to the Governor of Borno State to appear before the Appeal Committee to make false claims bordering on padded delegates’ list and rigging.
“This same Adviser participated in the primaries but the forces are trying to use him to rubbish the primaries conducted by Shettima.
“Another dummy being sold to the party is that Nwoye cannot win the November 18 poll because he has no resources. They said Uba is more experienced and he has enough resources to secure victory for APC.
“Also, they have mounted campaign of calumny against Nwoye.
A source close to the governor, who spoke in confidence, said: “Shettima conducted the governorship primaries in a manner that none of the aspirants or their supporters questioned the integrity of the process before and after the election.
“The APC primary election was not like that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In PDP, Sen. Stella Oduah and Ifeanyi Ubah protested against the process. No issue was raised against Shettima’s committee.
“If anybody has any complaint, he should come out openly and say where the process was wrong.”
Asked what will be the reaction of the governor if the results of the primaries were annulled, the source added: “It will be shocking not only to the governor but to all stakeholders. And the APC will be setting a bad precedent.
“The planned annulment will have effect on the integrity of the APC. If Nwoye is dropped by APC, it will pave the way for the automatic re-election of Governor Willy Obiano. Aggrieved stakeholders and party members may sway their votes in favour of the governor.
“This was the same error committed by PDP which made it to lose election in 2015 after defection by its key leaders.”

Anambra poll: Court orders substituted service p Kanu, IPOB

Anambra poll: Court orders substituted service p Kanu, IPOB

The Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday granted the request seeking to serve court processes on Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) through substituted service.

The court, however, ordered that other respondents in the matter, namely: the Inspector-General of Police, the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Attorney-General of the Federation be served personally.

Justice B.O. Quadri gave the order following an ex-parte application by Mr Richard Ndubuaku for an order of court for substituted service of all the processes of the court on the defendants by publishing them in two national newspapers.

Ndubuaku, who made the application through his counsel, Mr Smart Iheazor, also asked the court to make an order restraining the respondents, whether by themselves, members or agents from disrupting the forthcoming Anambra election.

He also asked the court to make an order restraining Kanu and all members of IPOB from interfering, intimidating and harassing all registered and eligible voters in the Nov. 18 Anambra election.

He adjourned the matter until Oct. 10 for hearing.(NAN)

Shock! Kenya Supreme annuls presidential election, orders rerun 

BREAKING: Kenya Supreme Court orders re-run of presidential poll

Kenya’s Supreme Court on Friday declared the results of last month’s presidential poll “invalid, null and void” and ordered the election be re-run within 60 days.
“The presidential election held on August 8 was not conducted in accordance with the constitution,” said Chief Justice David Maraga, ruling in favour of the opposition which challenged the declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner.
Maraga said this was a majority decision, with two judges dissenting.
The shock ruling was a rare example of a poll result being overturned, with Maraga saying the election commission (IEBC) “failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution”.
He validated opposition leader Raila Odinga’s argument that there had been “irregularities and illegalities”, notably in the transmission of election results.
Maraga said this had compromised the “integrity of the entire presidential election”.

Anambra governorship:  Oseloka Obaze defeats Ifeanyi Uba, others to pick PDP ticket

Oseloka Obaze wins Anambra PDP governorship ticket

Oseloka Obaze
Tony Okafor, Awka

A former Secretary to the Anambra State Government, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, has won the primary election of Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra State for the November 18 governorship poll.

Obaze polled 672 to defeat his closest rival, Dr. Alex Obiogbolu, who scored 190.

The CEO of Capital Oil, Dr. Ifeanyi Uba, came third in the poll with 94 votes.

Two votes were invalid, while a total of 958 delegates were accredited for the poll.

A former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah; and other contestants such as Linda Ikpeazu and John Emeka had, before the commencement of accreditation of delegates, backed out of the exercise.

While announcing his withdrawal from the contest, Emeka cited irregularities in the party’s delegates’ list.

Dr. Dave Umahi announced the results, declaring Oseloka Obaze the winner of the poll.

Obaze served as the SSG to the Anambra State Government from 2012 to 2015 under former governor Peter Obi and the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano.

He was former Nigerian Foreign Service Officer and a United Nations official.

In his speech, Ifeanyi Uba commended the security operatives for the peaceful conduct of the poll.

He alleged that the delegates’ list was given to the aspirants two days to the poll, describing it as too late for some of the aspirants to campaign.

He alleged irregularities in the exercises, claiming that the list was doctored from what was monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

While still protesting , the Umahi committee walked out on him. Uba later addressed the press and said he would go to court to challenge the result of the exercise.

Source: The Punch

Anambra APC governorship primaries: Nwoye defeats Uba, others to pick ticket

Nwoye beats Uba, Moghalu, others to emerge APC governorship candidate in Anambra

 By Moses Emorinken

Tony Nwoye has emerged the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress in the gubernatorial race slated for November 18 in Anambra State.

In a peaceful and apparently transparent primary, Nwoye, defeated Senator Andy Uba, George Moghalu, and nine others.

With an overwhelming victory, he polled a total of 2,146 votes to clinch the ticket. His closest rival, Uba got 931 votes. Moghalu polled a total of 525 votes to come third in the race. Barth Nnaji, who came fourth in the contest, scored 414 votes.

Source: The Nation