Monday, March 30, 2015

Benue INEC REC Says Election Materials Were Burnt At An Unnamed Location In Guma LG.



Benue State Inec REC,Prof.Istifanus Dafwang has said the commission has recorded the destruction of its materials at an unnamed location in Guma local government area of the state.

Defwang further stated that 3 adhoc staff of inec died in the cause of performing their election duties

The Resident Commissioner of INEC in the state, Prof. Istfanus Dafwang, made this known yesterday while briefing reporters at the state headquarters of INEC in Makurdi.


He said amongst the dead was a female ad-hoc staff who died on Saturday morning in an accident at Oju local government area, while on her way to her duty post.

“She was being taken by a motorcycle rider to her unit and he was probably over-speeding when the front of the bike apparently pulled off leading to the gahstly accident that claimed her life.

“The other two died Sunday morning in an accident on their way back to Makurdi from Vandeikya where they took part in the conduct of the elections,” he said. Prof. Dafwang, who acknowledged that the exercise went on peacefully across the state, however, called for prayers to ensure that the coming governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections went without hitches.

At the time of this report, collation of results were still ongoing at Makurdi INEC office.

Woman Stabs Her Husband To Death Over Buhari/ Jonathan Issue.



Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 26-year-old pregnant woman who allegedly stabbed her husband to death during a quarrel over who would emerge winner between the Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress, APC presidential candidates, while voting was on-going , weekend, at Ejigbo area of the state.

The incident, which threw the densely populated area into disarray, occurred at about 12noon inside the couple’s one room apartment at 81 Military zone junction.

There were different accounts on how tragedy struck. A version of the account said the couple had divergent views on their choice of presidential candidates. While the husband was said to have decided to vote for the PDP, his wife, simply called Onyiyechi, reportedly chose to vote for the presidential candidate of the APC. An argument which degenerated into a fight over whose choice would hold sway reportedly ensued between them.

In the process, Onyiyechi allegedly stabbed her husband with a kitchen knife in the chest region.

Another version said the deceased, whose identity could not be immediately ascertained, told his pregnant wife to take the okro she was grating inside the room, to the veranda which also served as kitchen , an instruction she reportedly disobeyed, following which an argument which led to a fight occurred.

Visit to the scene

When Vanguard visited the scene of the incident yesterday, the couple’s apartment was under lock . Their neighbours however described the suspect as an amicable person who had never quarreled with anyone since she moved into the building.

One of the tenants who spoke on condition of anonymity told Vanguard that they did not witness how the suspect allegedly stabbed her husband.

But he explained that : “ We were all outside waiting to vote when Onyiyechi rushed out, shouting for help. Out of curiosity, we all ran inside, only to discover blood all over the ground, on entering their apartment.

”On closer observation, we noticed that the blood was from her husband chest region. We met him on the ground. Before we could rush him to the hospital, he gave up the ghost.

Perhaps, he would have survived the attack had Onyiyechi called for help early. From all indication, it was clear that she attempted to manage the situation immediately the incident occurred. It was when she discovered that the situation had overwhelmed her that she raised alarm.

”I do not know the name of her husband. We only know that of his wife, who we fondly call Onyiyechi. The irony of this matter is that she is not cantankerous.

”She has never beaten a little child, let alone to fight with any neighbor. Again on that day, we saw both of them together. They were seen sitting outside, one hour before the incident occurred. Policemen from Ejigbo later came to remove the corpse to the Isolo morgue”.



Source Vanguard

Tension As More Results Trickle In,



The nation was in suspense, yesterday, as results from last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections continued to trickle in.

At press time, only Ekiti and Osun States had fully declared results of the elections. President Goodluck Jonathan, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP won all 16 local government areas of Ekiti but lost in Osun.

In the National Assembly results declared, the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark was in pole position to become the only senator to have survived since 1999 having won all five of the seven local government areas in his Benue South Senatorial District.

However, Governor Babangida Aliyu lost in his Senate bid. He lost in all the wards of Niger East Senatorial District to David Umaru of the All Progressives Congress, APC. The incumbent senator for Niger South, Senator Zainab Kure also lost in her bid to return to the Senate.

President Jonathan, who returned to Abuja on Saturday night after voting in Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Vanguard learnt, had strategy sessions with senior officials of the PDP in the Presidential Villa on the ensuing development.

Abia: Orji wins

Governor Theodore Orji was returned as senator for the Abia Central Senatorial District, beating his All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA challenger, Emmanuel Nweke by 65,653 votes to 46,070 votes.

The Presidential election results so far announced in Kogi State by the various returning officers in 11 local governments shows that the APC, won in six local governments while the PDP won in five local governments.

The results were announced at the INEC headquarters under the supervision of the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Halilu Hussain Pai, and security agents.

In Delta State, deputy leader of the House of Representatives, Rep. Leo Ogor easily beat off a challenge from his APC opponent to coast home for a record fourth term in the House.

Trends from states, however, showed President Jonathan in a stiff fight against his APC challenger in most sections of the country with the president losing ground in Kwara, and most of the South-West states, sections of the country that projected him to victory in 2011.

In Osun, Buhari polled 254,739 votes while Jonathan scored 168, 476 while in Ekiti, Jonathan polled 176,474 votes to 120,332 polled by Buhari.

In the FCT, results released from two council areas showed that in Abaji Area Council, Buhari beat Jonathan in the presidential poll by 10,853 votes to 7,762 votes, according to the results released by the Returning Officer, Dr. Abdullahi Mohammed Evuti of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Abuja.

He also announced that Buhari polled 15, 348 to beat the PDP candidate who scored 13,091 votes in the contest in the area council.

KANO: Buhari in comfortable lead in 7 LGAs

Buhari, at press time, was in a comfortable lead in seven local government areas announced by INEC yesterday afternoon.

The results announced by the returning officer, Professor Mohammed Hamisu, former Vice Chancellor of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi indicated that in Albasu local government area APC scored 34,000 votes, while PDP polled 3,047 votes.


In Kibiya, APC posted 23,000 votes while PDP scored 4,999.

Also in Gabasawa council area, the APC received 31,000 votes, while the PDP polled 8, 840 votes.

In Bagwai local council, the APC scored 38,750 votes against PDP 8,159; Kunchi Council, the APC scored 24,542 votes as against PDP 2,921 votes.

In Tsanyawa local government area, APC polled 32,662 votes to PDP 4,819 while in Gaya local council, APC pulled 38,085 votes to PDP 1,888.

OGUN: Buhari wins in 7 LGAs

In Ogun State, results of the 10 local government areas released, showed that Buhari had won seven with three local government areas going to Jonathan.

The local government areas released so far are Obafemi-Owode, Abeokuta North, Odogboolu, Odeda, Imeko-Afon, Sagamu, Ijebu-Ode, Remo-North, Ewekoro, and Ijebu North-East.

Details are as follows: Odeda Local Government (number of registered voters -63,935 number of accredited voters -17,463); APC -11,102; PDP -4,456 Total valid votes -16,152

Voided votes -775 Total votes cast -16,927.

Imeko Afon Local Government (number of voters registered -35,31, number of accredited voters -23,481); APC -7,657; PDP -12,153. Valid votes cast -20,466, void votes -1,122.

Sagamu Local Government (number of registered voters -77,955; number of accredited voters -37,772) APC -15,761, PDP -17,263.

Ijebu Ode Local Government (number of registered voters -55,127; number of voters accredited -25,973. APC -14,043, PDP -8,972.

Remo North Local Government (number of registered voters -39,180; number of accredited voters -16,960) APC -6,164, PDP -9,278.

Ewekoro Local Government (number of registered voters -62,425; number of accredited voters -14,193) APC -9,626, PDP -3,227.

Obafemi-Owode Local Government (number of registered voters -74,871; number of accredited voters -24,402) APC -15,207, PDP -5,786.

Ijebu North-East (number of registered voters 36058; number of accredited voters 15214); APC- 7638, PDP -6163.

Odogbolu local government (number of registered voters 70658; number of accredited voters 25752). APC -11623, PDP -11405.

Abeokuta North local government (number of registered voters -12 5485; number of accredited voters -30556); APC 21213, PDP 5,742.

Meanwhile, at press time, APC was maintaining a clear lead in the Presidential election in the state as it has won 12 local governments while the PDP won seven councils. One council was still being expected.

The only local government yet to be declared at press time was Ipokia.

OYO

Results so far declared in Oyo State showed Buhari winning six out of the seven local government areas so far declared.

KAJOLA: APC-14,538; PDP- 11,045; AFIJIO: APC- 8,001; PDP-5,738; OORELOPE: APC-9,425; PDP -5,384; IREPO: APC-10,380; PDP -4,979; ITESIWAJU: APC-7,257, PDP-7,605.


ENUGU

Results trickling in from Enugu showed that PDP won 21,700 votes in Ezeagu Local Government Area as against APC’s 407 in the presidential election.

In Isiuzo, PDP polled 21,225 while APC secured 239 votes. In Aninri, PDP scored 22,660 as against the 178 scored by the APC

In Udi, home of Governor Sullivan Chime, PDP polled 31,354 while APC polled 1020.

KATSINA

Daura: Buhari defeated President Jonathan in in Sakin Yara “A”, Kofar Baru in Daura local government of Katsina State. Of 501 votes cast in the presidential polls, APC got 499, PDP got nothing while three votes were voided.

Similarly, in the National Assembly elections, APC polled 478 for Senate, PDP 18, the People’s Democratic Movement, PDM got three votes while three votes were invalidated.

APC also took the day in the House of Representatives contest as it scored 500 votes while PDP and APGA polled one each.

KWARA: APC in clear lead

ILORIN: INEC in Kwara State said results from Saturday’s election will not be formally known until much later today. Spokesman for INEC in the state, Jacob Ayanda, disclosed this in an interview yesterday saying only results from Isin and Oke-Ero out of the 16 local governments had arrived the commission’s headquarters as at about 3.00 pm.

Vanguard, however, gathered that, results collated from polling centres across the state yesterday indicated that APC was in clear lead with most leaders of the PDP in the state losing their polling units in the election.

The PDP had won only in Oke-Ero local government area while the race for Ekiti, home council of the PDP governorship candidate, Senator Simon Ajibola, was still too close to call.

Among those who lost were Minister of National Planning, Dr. Suleiman Abubakar; Kwara Central senatorial candidate, Alhaji AbdulRazak AbdulRahaman; business mogul and close associate of First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, Hajia Bola Shagaya and her son, Sherrif who contested the House of Representatives seat for Ilorin West and Asa federal constituency.

According to the collation, Suleiman lost to the APC in his polling unit with the PDP scoring 27 votes against 377 for the APC in the Presidential slot while PDP again scored only 29 votes against 386 for the APC for the Senate and 35 votes against 385 for the House of Representatives.

The PDP polled 159 against 367 for APC in the presidential slot in AbdulRazaq’s unit, 265 against 278 for the Senate and 313 against 227 for the House of Representatives.

Shagaya also lost to the APC in her Ojuekun Sarunmi Unit 02 where APC polled 149 against 88 for the House of Representatives and 140 against 90 for the Senate.

However, the PDP scored 143 votes against 83 for the APC in the presidential race at the polling unit.


Source Vanguard.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

INEC Announces Results From FCT Area Councils.


The results of the elections held on Saturday has been received from four of the six area councils in the Federal Capital Territory.

The results brought in at the Independent National Electoral Commission collation centre at Area 3 Primary School are those of Abaji, Kwali, Gwagwalada and Kuje.

Details of the results as at 9 p.m. on Sunday showed that the All Progressive Congress won in three of the four councils – Abaji, Gwagwalada and Kwali, while the Peoples Democratic Party won in Kuje Area Council

Details of the results showed that in Abaji, the APC polled 9,840 votes, against the PDP’s 8,799; Kwali, APC 14,645, PDP’s 13,610, and Gwagwalada APC 25,476 and PDP 20,475. 

PDP polled 17,354 votes in Kuje Area Councul against APC’s 15,101.

The results for the Bwari and Abuja Municipal Area Council were being awaited at the time of this report.



Party Thugs Set INEC Office Ablaze In Suswam's Village.




Pandemonium broke out on Sunday in Ugba town of Logo local government area of Benue State when gunmen believed to be hired thugs stormed the area, burning the Independent National electoral Commission (INEC) office in the area.

INEC Commences Announcement Of Results In Benue State.Check It Here.




The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Benue State has commenced announcement of results of the presidential elections in the state with President Goodluck Jonathan taking the lead in five local governments areas so far.

INEC Chairman Prof Jega Briefs The Press On Conduct Of 2015 Elections.


Jega
file photo by ChannelsTv

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, has expressed gratitude to Nigerians for their peaceful conduct during the presidential
Here are some points i noted down.

APC Benue Alleges Planned Manipulation Of Senatorial Results In Zone A.

 
 APC in Benue is alleging that PDP is trying to manipulate results in Zone A,this is their Press Release.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is currently deploying an intensive machinery to manipulate the results of yesterday's Presidential and National Assembly Elections in the Benue North East Senatorial District where results announced at the ward levels have indicated overwhelming victory for the All Progressives Congress, APC across the district.

Results Have Started Coming In/ Jonathan Wins Ekiti With 176,474 Votes.








President Goodluck Jonathan won in all the 16 local government areas of Ekiti State in Saturday’s presidential election
The PDP candidates equally cleared all the three senatorial seats and 6 House of Representatives seats in the state ,

A Clear Warning to INEC from APC: We Wont Accept Fake Results For PDP



The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned against any attempt to tamper with the results of the elections that were conducted nationwide on Saturday and the few that were held on Sunday, saying Nigerians have voted peacefully and massively and they know who they have voted for.

PDP Says APC Is Posting Fake Election Results On Social Media.


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Nigerians to completely disregard what it calls misleading figures being circulated by its main political rival, All Progressives Congress, APC, in the social media as results of the Presidential and National Assembly elections in some polling booths.

Heavy Protest Going On In Rivers State By APC Over Conduct Of Elections.



There is tension in Rivers State as thousands of supporters of the All Progressives Congress in the State have besieged the INEC state collation centre for the Presidential and national Assembly Elections demanding the cancellation of the elections.

Elections 2015: Lawmaker, 8 Others Killed By Insurgents In Gombe.[Viewer discretion is however adviced]



 

Two INEC officials were killed by unknown gunmen at Nafada/Dukku federal constituency in Gombe state today. Continue to see photos from the scene but they are graphic *viewer discretion advised*.

Jonathan’s card possibly damaged, says Jega




 
Attahiru Jega, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says President Goodluck Jonathan’s failed accreditation by the voter card reader may have occurred due to possible damage to the card. Nevertheless, Jega, who was speaking with the Nigerian television Authority (NTA) on Saturday night in a brief review of the day’s accreditation and voting processes all over the country, described the occurrence as “a national embarrassment” and apologised to the president. 

I will not accept polls cancellation – Buhari





Daura: Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, General Mohammadu Buhari on Saturday said it would be unfair for anyone to contemplate the cancellation of the presidential polls following a few recorded hiccups.

Scores of APC Members Shot Dead In Rivers.

 
RS 2015 INEC ELECTION 002 HAROLD PETERSIDE A PDP AGENT CAUGHT WITH INEC REGISTER AND FAKE RESULT SHEET AT OPBO.NKORO (235x313) (1)
  Yesterday's presidential and National Assembly elections turned out to be a big nightmare for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, with the members being killed, attacked and disenfranchised in various parts of the State.

Old Man Collapses During Election In Lagos.


An old man, whose name was given as Mohammed Isiaka, collapsed during Saturday elections at a polling unit in the Abule Egba area of Lagos State.

Olu Of Epe's Son & APC Epe LG Candidate Feared Dead As Boat Capsized With Them As They Returned From Voting.


Sad!A boat carrying a director in the Ministry of  Chieftaincy affairs, Aremo Azeez Adewale, who is also the first son of Olu of Epe, Oba Sefiu Olatunji Adewale and and Muhiz Bello, a local government chairman, APC Epe candidate, capsized yesterday as the men and others returned from a riverine area in Epe where they had gone to cast their votes.

Mourners have thronged the Olu's palace to sympathize with him.The prince has since been buried according to Muslim rites at his house in Isasi, Epe. Muhiz Bello was married with three children.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Man Proposes To Lady On Election Day.







Gen.Buhari Addressing The Press Now Tune To Channels Tv.



(Pictures )Sick Man Brought From The Hospital To Cast His Vote Today.



This sick man insisted on voting , the nurses brought him to the polling unit to cast his vote.
Now this is real.






Photo credit CoolFm.

"Card Readers" We Have Been Vindicated-PDP





The Peoples Democratic Party has said that reports of challenges with the use of voter card readers across Nigeria have vindicated its opposition to the deployment of the device.

While card readers functioned smoothly at various voting centres during Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections, there were complaints from many centres about slow or completely dysfunctional machines.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, authorised the use of manual verification of voters after several complaints.

The PDP, which had opposed the use of card readers for the elections, said the development has justified its argument against card readers.

The party’s Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, told PREMIUM TIMES the ruling party had been vindicated.

“It was only the PDP that raised the issue of the challenges we might have with card readers. We said INEC should rectify or discard the card readers.

“When we raised these issues, people said we were being alarmist and opposed to the card readers. Now the election is going on and there are challenges with the card readers all over the country,” he said.

He added that as things stand, PDP was only concerned about “free, fair and credible election”.

“All we want is for this election to be free, fair and credible. If anyone rigs this election, it would be obvious to Nigerians.”

The Peoples Democratic Party had led other groups and individuals to pose stiff opposition to the use of the card readers for the elections.

Source: Premium Times

Army Restricts Rotimi Amaechi's Movement.


The Nigerian military has restricted the Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, from moving around different polling units in the state.

Mr. Amaechi, who drove himself in a black 4WD, was stopped by the Essien Essien, the Brigade Commander of the second Brigade, Bori Camp in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

In a heated argument, the governor asked the brigade commander to arrest him if necessary as he was determined to drive back to the government house having finished his accreditation.

Mr. Amaechi said he had asked that someone calls him once the voting materials are ready at the unit.

Atiku Has Also Casted His Votes.






Female INEC official Dies In Benue


A female adhoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, (name withheld) and a commercial motorbike operator were reportedly killed on Saturday morning, along the Obussa-Ebonyi road, in Oju local government area of Benue state.

It was learnt that the INEC staff had boarded the motorbike to Oju town where she was posted for election duties when she, alongside the bike operator, met their untimely death.

According to the source,”they were riding on top speed at about 7:45 when the front part of the motorbike suddenly pulled of leading to the fatal accident and the instant death of the INEC staff.
“Though the bike rider survived after sustaining seriously injuries he later died before receiving medical attention.”

Reacting to the development, the Public Relations Officer, PRO, of INEC in Benue state, Mr. Louis Ochai confirmed that the deceased official was an adhoc staff who was moving to her place of assignment when the accident occurred.

“We have already sent people there to give us a detailed report on the matter for further action.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Assistant Superintendent, ASP, Austin Ezeani who confirmed the incident said the victims were on election duty when they met their untimely death.

“I also want to state that aside this accident, we have not recorded any ugly incidents in the state, so far it has been a peaceful exercise in Benue state.”Ezeani said.

INEC Cancels Elections In 14 Polling Units In Plateau State.



The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Plateau state, Dr. Godwin Kwanga, said on Saturday that there will be no election in 14 polling units in the state because the names of the voters there “did not reflect on the register”.

“We don’t have any registers to take there,” Kwanga said in an interview with our correspondent. He explained that a technical issues occurred twice and voters there will not be able to vote.

There were four of such polling units in Jos North, four in Jos South and about four in Kanam and elsewhere, he said.

Apart from those ones, in Jos North, several voters were still expecting to see either INEC officials or election materials there at 1:00 pm. Tension was rising in several of the polling units, the Commissioner of Police said.

The REC said that everyone who was in the queue before one pm would be accredited and voting would last as long as the last person in the queue votes.

In other parts of Plateau and especially in Jos, voting was going on smoothly with few itches. The card readers could not identify the finger prints of many voters even after reading their cards and in some cases, electoral officers did not know how to use them, Kwanga said.

Voters around INEC head office in Miango Road in Kufang stood patiently waiting to be accredited. Elsewhere in the state capital, things seemed to be going on normally. 

Although a tension prone state, accreditation was going on peacefully in most parts of the state. Our correspondents saw long queues in Jos, an indication that the turnout would be huge despite some challenges.

INEC Directs All INEC Officials To Embark On Manuel Accreditation.

Due to failure of some Card readers to work well,INEC has ordered it's officials to accredit voters manually.Remember that the President was accredited manually today.

Rain Disrupts Voting In Some Places In Lagos.




Gen Buhari Watching How Card Reader Failed To Accredit President Jonathan.


Hehe is he laughing.

Pictures -President Jonathan Has Casted His Vote.




INEC Website Restored.




The website of the Independent National Electoral Commission has been restored after it was hacked by Nigerian Cyber Army earlier in the day.

It will be recalled that the website of the Independent National Electoral Commission was hacked by a group that parade itself as Nigerian Cyber Army. The hacking was confirmed by INEC on its Twitter handle, @inecnigeriauf

Pictures.Obasanjo Acredited And Has Already Casted His Vote.


Raining In Ogba Now.


As Lagosians vote , there are showers of blessings in Ogba now.
What does this signify?

Voting Has Commenced In Some Places.


This is a picture sent from Tor Donga in Ukum LG, Benue state.Accreditation is over and voting has started.

PDP Agent Arrested In Ikorodu With Spy Cameras.


P.M. NEWS authoritatively reports that one of the agents of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Igbogbo area of Ikorodu Division (name withheld) has been arrested with a spy camera.

Our correspondent gathered that the cameras, which were in form of sunglasses and ball point pens, were discovered by the security operatives attached to the area.

Worries have also been raised by the electorates and other observers on ground that the PDP agents in other parts of the state may be in possession of the spy cameras in a bid to contravene election rules.

Meanwhile, agents of the All Progressives Congress, APC in booth 001 in Ikorodu were sent out of the polling booth because of an absence of identification tags.

P.M. NEWS Correspondent on ground confirmed that some of the agents had letters confirming their status, but the officials would have none of that as the agents were supposed to come with an Identification.

Also, in Cele area of Ikorodu Division, party agents were without identifications and were also sent out of the polling areas as the law stipulates.

As at 10:30 am, accreditation had not commenced in a lot of places in Ikorodu as some of the smart card readers for the accreditation had not been programmed for the process.

All the card readers in Aga and Borokini areas have also been confirmed to be redundant as they have refused to identify a single PVC, thus slowing down the pace of accreditation in the area.

Vice President Nemadi Sambo And His Wife Accredited Too.



Photo credit Sahara reporters.



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