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Guber Poll: Police to deploy 32, 000 personnel to Bayelsa



The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, on Thursday said the force would deploy no fewer than 32, 000 officers for election duty during the Bayelsa gubernatorial poll fixed for Nov 16.

Adamu made the disclosure at Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) Stakeholders’ Meeting in Yenagoa with Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of INEC.

The IGP, who assured maximum security during and after the election in the state, said the police was ready to protect lives and property, especially in all the polling units.

“All security arrangements have been made.The Police Force will deploy 32, 000 personnel to the state during the period of the governorship poll.

“The Police will ensure that all electoral materials are well secured. We urge all politicians and the electorate, especially the youths, to stay away from disorder.

“Do not cause trouble at the polling units or conduct any illegal activity capable of disrupting election processes.

“You must not allow yourselves to be used because if you are caught, you will be prosecuted according to the law.

“This election is an isolated one and we must do what we can to achieve credible poll, come Nov 16,” he said.

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman reiterated the Commission’s commitment to free, fair, credible and conclusive poll for the people.

Yakubu said the Commission had delivered all non-sensitive materials to their office in Yenagoa, long ago.

“The materials have been sorted out, categorised and batched; ready to be delivered to the local government areas, Wards and Polling Units.

“The sensitive materials are also ready and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is delivering them to Bayelsa this weekend.

“Voter inducement in all forms, including vote-buying at polling units, is a violation of the law.

“The ban on the use of mobile phones and other photographic devices in the voting cubicles is still in force and will be strictly enforced and monitored.

“I urge all stakeholders to continue to eschew violence and maintain peaceful conduct during the election.

“It is our collective responsibility to safeguard the process and to protect all election duty staff, including the youth corps members who serve at the polling units, the basic level of the voting process,” Yakubu said.

On the signing of Peace Accord by political parties, the Chairman said the exercise was aimed at resolving, pledging, affirming and committing all to non-violence before, during and after the election.

Nigeria News Agency reports that over 42 out of 45 political parties, including PDP and APC, signed the peace accord.

Edited by Dada Ahmed


Edo Guber primaries: APC generates N135m from sale of forms



The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the party placed N22.5 million fee on governorship aspirants form in Edo and Ondo States.

The APC National Organising Secretary, Mr Emma Ibediro, had on May 20 issued the timetable for the party’s primaries in the two states.

According to him, this includes N2.5 million for Expression of Interest Form and N20 million for the Nomination Form.

“The sale of forms to Edo governorship aspirants will begin from May 20 to June 2, while the submission ends on June 3,” Ibediro said.

The party’s national organising scribe also released the list of Edo governorship aspirants who have so far purchased and submitted the forms.

He listed the aspirants as Gov. Godwin Obaseki, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Mr Osaro Obaz, Dr Pius Odubu, Mr Matthew Iduoriyekemwe and Mr Chris Ogiemwonyi.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
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Edo Guber: Ex-lawmaker advocates direct primary election for APC



In a statement in Abuja, Iriase said that the direct primary election would be more effective and would conform more with COVID-19 guidelines.

According to him, a study of the processes involved in indirect primaries’ as contained in the APC Constitution, shows that the indirect method remains the safest way to protect voters during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Iriase said that Article 20 (iv) (a), provided that indirect primaries should be conducted at a designated venue by an electoral college of delegates.

He said the constitution provided that delegates shall be democratically elected by members of the party at their various Ward Congresses.

The APC chieftain however, noted that there were no permanent elected delegates under the party’s constitution for the exercise.

He explained that only Statutory Delegates, as defined in the constitution under Article 20 (iv) (c) should join elected delegates to constitute the electoral college for indirect primaries.

“After the direct election of delegates in the foregoing paragraph, all members of the electoral college, that is, elected delegates plus statutory delegates, will move to the designated venue for the indirect primaries.

“It is therefore clear that we will have to do direct election of delegates first in order to have proper indirect primaries.

“I submit that you cannot circumvent this process in Edo presently, without dire consequences. 

“The atmosphere is charged, and anything outside the provisions of the party’s constitution will not work,” he said.

“You cannot use the badly factionalised party executives as surrogates in place of elected delegates, because there is no constitutional backing for that at all,” he added.

Iriase explained that direct primaries required that all party members in each ward, who would have voted for delegates, would rather vote for aspirants.

He said that they would easily turnout in their units within the wards, observe social distancing, wearing facemasks and vote for the aspirant of their choice.

According to him, direct primary election is better than the indirect method which requires two tedious stages with huge but avoidable health challenges.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)
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COVID-19: Guber aspirant urges Ondo govt. to create food bank



Mr Olayide Adelami, a governorship aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, has urged the state government to create food bank and roll out palliative measures to cushion the effect of Coronavirus.

Adelami stated this in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Akure.

The former deputy clerk to the National Assembly said it was necessary for government to devise plans for equitable distribution of resources to cushion the effects of the pandemic.

“Now that the means of livelihood of the people have been blocked due to the present lock down and there seems to be no hope for their survival through other means, the state government needs to step in.

“Government needs to mandate its relevant agencies to capture their data and begin the distribution of resources to support them.

“Anything short of this may mean an invitation to starvation and depression for a large percentage of the state’s populace,” he said.

Adelami said the informal sector, comprising people mainly into commercial and agricultural activities, should not be left to suffer as they are being asked to stay at home to curtail the spread of the deadly virus.

“The informal sector will be badly hit should the sit-at-home order persists, which appears inevitable, as there seems to be no end in sight to the pandemic.

“While government workers and their counterparts in the private sector are assured of getting paid at the end of the month, same cannot be said of those in the informal sector.

“This is because they only depend on daily proceeds from their trades to fend for themselves and their families,” he said.

Adelami also stressed the need for government to start preparing for the post-COVID-19 looming economic meltdown being forecast by global economists.

“This pandemic has also shown the need for states in Nigeria to start diversifying and stop relying solely on revenue from Abuja.

“After the crisis, there is bound to be a shortfall in the monthly allocation that states receive from Abuja, as world economy will be badly affected.

“In order not to be caught unaware, the state government needs to start thinking outside the box on how to generate revenue to keep the state running,” he advised.

The governorship aspirant urged the people of the state and Nigerians to stay safe and observe all the precautionary measures put in place by government and health officials to curb the spread of the virus.

Adelami commended the Federal Government and the Lagos state government for effectively managing the spread of the virus.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru and
(NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
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