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  •  The Imo Government and the state chapter of the Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC have called for caution in the handling of the alleged compromise of the INEC voter register in the state They also urged politicians to desist from any act capable of hitting up the polity ahead of the 2023 general elections They made the call in separate reactions to the claim by the Coalition of United Political Parties CUPP that the voter register in Imo and 20 other states had been compromised The Spokesman for CUPP Mr Ikenga Ugochinyere had alleged that inflated figures and fictitious names were uncovered in the voter register for Omuma Ward of Gov Hope Uzodimma The Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr Declan Emelumba dismissed the allegation as reckless irresponsible and seditious It could only have come from a jaundiced mischievous mindset he said Emelumba said that the establishment of a tertiary institution at Omuma could have accounted for the existence of non Igbo names in the voter register According to him only those who hack INEC s server can gain access to the commission s information that has yet to be brought to public knowledge He therefore urged relevant security agencies to arrest and investigate CUPP and its spokesman in order to ascertain their source of information Imo is not on INEC s official list of states guilty of fictitious registration of voters and INEC has not completed the Automated Biometric Verification of the system The exercise must be concluded before an official voter register can be released to the public It is therefore clear that Ugochinyere has either hacked into INEC server and doctored documents there or forged the document he was brandishing Either way is criminal and it is important that he is immediately arrested for questioning the commissioner said Also reacting the state Chairman of IPAC Mr Levi Ekeh said it was premature to make such allegation when INEC had yet to publish a cleaned up voter register for public scrutiny Ekeh said INEC had no doubt introduced a lot of innovations to allay peoples fear regarding the 2023 General Elections We as a body commend their good efforts so far At the same time we caution them that Imo people Nigerians and the entire world are watching them as unbiased umpires to deliver free credible fair and acceptable elections in 2023 In line with the Electoral Act after the Automated Biometric Identification System and clean up the commission shall display the voter register for seven days for the public to scrutinise and raise objections and complaints Ekeh said He said that the allegation by CUPP could only become an issue if INEC failed to address the objections and complaints raised He said that INEC would publish the final register after treating the objections and complaints While recognising the rights of citizens to speak out in a democratic process IPAC called for patience and understanding at this critical moment of the country s electoral process NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alleged compromise of INEC’s voter register: Imo Govt., IPAC urge caution among politicians
     The Imo Government and the state chapter of the Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC have called for caution in the handling of the alleged compromise of the INEC voter register in the state They also urged politicians to desist from any act capable of hitting up the polity ahead of the 2023 general elections They made the call in separate reactions to the claim by the Coalition of United Political Parties CUPP that the voter register in Imo and 20 other states had been compromised The Spokesman for CUPP Mr Ikenga Ugochinyere had alleged that inflated figures and fictitious names were uncovered in the voter register for Omuma Ward of Gov Hope Uzodimma The Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr Declan Emelumba dismissed the allegation as reckless irresponsible and seditious It could only have come from a jaundiced mischievous mindset he said Emelumba said that the establishment of a tertiary institution at Omuma could have accounted for the existence of non Igbo names in the voter register According to him only those who hack INEC s server can gain access to the commission s information that has yet to be brought to public knowledge He therefore urged relevant security agencies to arrest and investigate CUPP and its spokesman in order to ascertain their source of information Imo is not on INEC s official list of states guilty of fictitious registration of voters and INEC has not completed the Automated Biometric Verification of the system The exercise must be concluded before an official voter register can be released to the public It is therefore clear that Ugochinyere has either hacked into INEC server and doctored documents there or forged the document he was brandishing Either way is criminal and it is important that he is immediately arrested for questioning the commissioner said Also reacting the state Chairman of IPAC Mr Levi Ekeh said it was premature to make such allegation when INEC had yet to publish a cleaned up voter register for public scrutiny Ekeh said INEC had no doubt introduced a lot of innovations to allay peoples fear regarding the 2023 General Elections We as a body commend their good efforts so far At the same time we caution them that Imo people Nigerians and the entire world are watching them as unbiased umpires to deliver free credible fair and acceptable elections in 2023 In line with the Electoral Act after the Automated Biometric Identification System and clean up the commission shall display the voter register for seven days for the public to scrutinise and raise objections and complaints Ekeh said He said that the allegation by CUPP could only become an issue if INEC failed to address the objections and complaints raised He said that INEC would publish the final register after treating the objections and complaints While recognising the rights of citizens to speak out in a democratic process IPAC called for patience and understanding at this critical moment of the country s electoral process NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alleged compromise of INEC’s voter register: Imo Govt., IPAC urge caution among politicians
    General news1 week ago

    Alleged compromise of INEC’s voter register: Imo Govt., IPAC urge caution among politicians

    The Imo Government and the state chapter of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) have called for caution in the handling of the alleged compromise of the INEC voter register in the state.

    They also urged politicians to desist from any act capable of hitting up the polity ahead of the 2023 general elections.

    They made the call in separate reactions to the claim by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) that the voter register in Imo and 20 other states had been compromised.

    The Spokesman for CUPP, Mr Ikenga Ugochinyere, had alleged that inflated figures and fictitious names were uncovered in the voter register for Omuma Ward of Gov. Hope Uzodimma.

    The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Declan Emelumba, dismissed the allegation as “reckless, irresponsible and seditious.

    “It could only have come from a jaundiced, mischievous mindset,” he said.

    Emelumba said that the establishment of a tertiary institution at Omuma could have accounted for the existence of non-Igbo names in the voter register.

    According to him, only those who hack INEC’s server can gain access to the commission’s information that has yet to be brought to public knowledge.

    He, therefore, urged relevant security agencies to arrest and investigate CUPP and its spokesman, in order to ascertain their source of information.

    “Imo is not on INEC’s official list of states guilty of fictitious registration of voters and INEC has not completed the Automated Biometric Verification of the system.

    “The exercise must be concluded before an official voter register can be released to the public.

    “It is therefore clear that Ugochinyere has either hacked into INEC server and doctored documents there or forged the document he was brandishing.

    “Either way is criminal and it is important that he is immediately arrested for questioning,” the commissioner said.

    Also reacting, the state Chairman of IPAC, Mr Levi Ekeh, said it was premature to make such allegation when INEC had yet to publish a cleaned up voter register for public scrutiny.

    Ekeh said INEC had no doubt introduced a lot of innovations to allay peoples’ fear regarding the 2023 General Elections.

    “We as a body commend their good efforts so far.

    “At the same time, we caution them that Imo people, Nigerians and the entire world are watching them as unbiased umpires to deliver free, credible, fair and acceptable elections in 2023. “In line with the Electoral Act, after the Automated Biometric Identification System and clean up, the commission shall display the voter register for seven days for the public to scrutinise and raise objections and complaints,” Ekeh said.

    He said that the allegation by CUPP could only become an issue, if INEC failed to address the objections and complaints raised.

    He said that INEC would publish the final register after treating the objections and complaints.

    While recognising the rights of citizens to speak out in a democratic process, IPAC called for patience and understanding at this critical moment of the country’s electoral process.


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  •  The Inter Party Advissory Council IPAC says Nigeria should learn from the emergence of Liz Truss as the new UK Prime Minister and shun do or die and bitter politics The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the 47 year old Truss was on Monday voted as the new Prime Minister of UK The IPAC Chairman in Lagos State Mr Olusegun Mobolaji told NAN on Tuesday that Nigeria being the most populous African country must take some lessons from leadership succession in UK Nigeria has a lot to learn both from other neighbouring African countries around us and also from other countries like UK The reason why we are a country is for us to be able to have a standard We may not be what we want to be at a go but we should be able to learn from other places What happened seamlessly in UK in choosing their Prime Minister should teach politicians that public office is no one s property that should become a do or die thing or bitter fight It is a public office and it has to do with selfless service not selfish one the IPAC boss said He said that the outgone UK prime minister Moris Johnson resigned willingly in July over a particular scandal in his government and such should be instructive to disciplined leaders Mobolaji said Considering the age of Truss it is instructive for Nigeria to give room for youths and women to build this country It is not about how long you have been there it is about the ability capability qualification and merit It is about putting the round peg in the round hole It s about doing the right thing without favouritsm and tribalism We need more of young brilliant highly cerebral young men and women to be in place of leadership He noted that a woman could do better than a man saying that one is a woman is not a limitation it doesn t mean she can t do better Mobolaji said that leadership should not be about gender or who had done something for somebody before but about capacity ability and what people needed and deserved NAN reports that Truss is the third UK female prime minister following Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May Before her emergence as Tory leader and British PM Truss was UK s secretary of state for foreign commonwealth and development affairs since 2021 and minister for women and equalities since 2019 She emerged as the new UK prime of the United Kingdom s Conservative Party after defeating her rival Rishi Sunak in a Tory vote where she polled 81 326 votes to beat Sunak who polled 60 399 votes NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Truss: Nigeria must shun do-or-die politics, allow youths in leadership — PAC
     The Inter Party Advissory Council IPAC says Nigeria should learn from the emergence of Liz Truss as the new UK Prime Minister and shun do or die and bitter politics The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the 47 year old Truss was on Monday voted as the new Prime Minister of UK The IPAC Chairman in Lagos State Mr Olusegun Mobolaji told NAN on Tuesday that Nigeria being the most populous African country must take some lessons from leadership succession in UK Nigeria has a lot to learn both from other neighbouring African countries around us and also from other countries like UK The reason why we are a country is for us to be able to have a standard We may not be what we want to be at a go but we should be able to learn from other places What happened seamlessly in UK in choosing their Prime Minister should teach politicians that public office is no one s property that should become a do or die thing or bitter fight It is a public office and it has to do with selfless service not selfish one the IPAC boss said He said that the outgone UK prime minister Moris Johnson resigned willingly in July over a particular scandal in his government and such should be instructive to disciplined leaders Mobolaji said Considering the age of Truss it is instructive for Nigeria to give room for youths and women to build this country It is not about how long you have been there it is about the ability capability qualification and merit It is about putting the round peg in the round hole It s about doing the right thing without favouritsm and tribalism We need more of young brilliant highly cerebral young men and women to be in place of leadership He noted that a woman could do better than a man saying that one is a woman is not a limitation it doesn t mean she can t do better Mobolaji said that leadership should not be about gender or who had done something for somebody before but about capacity ability and what people needed and deserved NAN reports that Truss is the third UK female prime minister following Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May Before her emergence as Tory leader and British PM Truss was UK s secretary of state for foreign commonwealth and development affairs since 2021 and minister for women and equalities since 2019 She emerged as the new UK prime of the United Kingdom s Conservative Party after defeating her rival Rishi Sunak in a Tory vote where she polled 81 326 votes to beat Sunak who polled 60 399 votes NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Truss: Nigeria must shun do-or-die politics, allow youths in leadership — PAC
    General news3 weeks ago

    Truss: Nigeria must shun do-or-die politics, allow youths in leadership — PAC

    The Inter Party Advissory Council (IPAC) says Nigeria should learn from the emergence of Liz Truss as the new UK Prime Minister and shun  do-or-die and bitter politics.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the 47-year-old Truss was on Monday,  voted as the new Prime Minister of UK.

    The IPAC Chairman in Lagos State, Mr  Olusegun Mobolaji told NAN on Tuesday that Nigeria, being the most populous African country must take some lessons from leadership succession in UK.

    “Nigeria has a lot to learn both from other neighbouring African countries around us and also from other countries like UK.

    “The reason why we are a country is for us to be able to have a standard.

    We may not be what we want to be at a go, but we should be able to learn from other places.

    “What happened seamlessly in UK in choosing their Prime Minister should teach politicians that public office is no one’s property that should become a do-or-die thing or bitter fight.

    “It is a public office and it has to do with selfless service, not selfish one,” the IPAC boss said.

    He said that the outgone UK prime minister, Moris Johnson, resigned willingly in July, over a particular scandal in his government and such should be instructive to disciplined leaders.

    Mobolaji said: “Considering the age of  Truss, it is instructive for Nigeria to give room for youths and women to build this country.

    “It is not about how long you have been there, it is about the ability, capability, qualification and merit.

    It is about putting the round peg in the round hole.

    “It’s about doing the right thing without favouritsm and tribalism.

    We need more of young, brilliant, highly cerebral young men and women to be in place of leadership.

    ” He noted that a woman could do better than a man, saying “that one is a woman is not a limitation, it doesn’t mean she can’t do better.

    * Mobolaji said that leadership should not be about gender or who had done something for somebody before, but about capacity, ability, and what people needed and deserved.

    NAN reports that Truss is  the third UK female prime minister following Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May. Before her emergence as Tory leader and British PM, Truss was UK’s secretary of state for foreign, commonwealth and development affairs since 2021 and minister for women and equalities since 2019. She emerged as the new UK prime of the United Kingdom’s Conservative Party,  after defeating her rival, Rishi Sunak, in a Tory vote where she polled 81,326 votes to beat Sunak who polled 60,399 votes. 


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  •  Ahead of the 2023 general elections the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC has warned politicians against frivolous corruption petitions against their opponents The ICPC Chairman Prof Bolaji Owasanoye gave the warning on Friday in Abuja while hosting the leadership of the Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC at the Commission s Headquarters Owasanoye said the ICPC will not work on politically motivated petitions Usually when the season for competition comes there is a spike in politically motivated petitions for wild goose chase Some are brazen enough to tell you that we should make sure to stop Mr A from contesting and they will bring a petition forward That is not our job and we will not get involved in those things We pack those type of petitions aside basically Even if there is implication of merit within the complaint we will say go and compete first We are not going to be the ones to be used to give you fair or unfair advantage When the competition is over we will decide on the merit or otherwise of what you have brought forward He however explained that ICPC has an existing understanding with the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on how to go about genuine electoral petitions when the need arises We do have an understanding with INEC that in cases where contestants challenge each other in court and the decision says somebody forged a certificate for example INEC will send those things to us We are prosecuting a few of them at the moment Those are ways we will add value without compromising ourselves or exposing our officers to the compromise and desperation of politicians during the contest he said The ICPC boss challenged political parties to conduct thorough check of their candidates in the interest of the nation adding that the fortune of any nation depended on the type of leaders it gets The he pruning process should start with political parties charity should begin at home he added Earlier Chairman of IPAC Mr Yabagi Sani said that the visit was to enhance collaboration with the anti graft agency in ensuring that politicians with questionable characters were not elected into office The activities that will lead to the emergence of a government that will preside over the affairs of this nation is something that all stakeholders must buy into so as to have a free fair and credible elections come 2023 Politics is management of crisis and we believe that if we can get the recruitment of leadership right which will come from due diligence we are expected to carry out the leaders will conduct themselves in a manner that will give this country the kind of respect we expect in the comity of nations That is by ensuring that governance is free from all shades of corruption Yabagi said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: ICPC wont work on politically motivated petitions  – Chairman 
     Ahead of the 2023 general elections the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC has warned politicians against frivolous corruption petitions against their opponents The ICPC Chairman Prof Bolaji Owasanoye gave the warning on Friday in Abuja while hosting the leadership of the Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC at the Commission s Headquarters Owasanoye said the ICPC will not work on politically motivated petitions Usually when the season for competition comes there is a spike in politically motivated petitions for wild goose chase Some are brazen enough to tell you that we should make sure to stop Mr A from contesting and they will bring a petition forward That is not our job and we will not get involved in those things We pack those type of petitions aside basically Even if there is implication of merit within the complaint we will say go and compete first We are not going to be the ones to be used to give you fair or unfair advantage When the competition is over we will decide on the merit or otherwise of what you have brought forward He however explained that ICPC has an existing understanding with the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on how to go about genuine electoral petitions when the need arises We do have an understanding with INEC that in cases where contestants challenge each other in court and the decision says somebody forged a certificate for example INEC will send those things to us We are prosecuting a few of them at the moment Those are ways we will add value without compromising ourselves or exposing our officers to the compromise and desperation of politicians during the contest he said The ICPC boss challenged political parties to conduct thorough check of their candidates in the interest of the nation adding that the fortune of any nation depended on the type of leaders it gets The he pruning process should start with political parties charity should begin at home he added Earlier Chairman of IPAC Mr Yabagi Sani said that the visit was to enhance collaboration with the anti graft agency in ensuring that politicians with questionable characters were not elected into office The activities that will lead to the emergence of a government that will preside over the affairs of this nation is something that all stakeholders must buy into so as to have a free fair and credible elections come 2023 Politics is management of crisis and we believe that if we can get the recruitment of leadership right which will come from due diligence we are expected to carry out the leaders will conduct themselves in a manner that will give this country the kind of respect we expect in the comity of nations That is by ensuring that governance is free from all shades of corruption Yabagi said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: ICPC wont work on politically motivated petitions  – Chairman 
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    2023: ICPC wont work on politically motivated petitions  – Chairman 

    Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has warned politicians against frivolous corruption petitions against their opponents.

    The ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye gave the warning on Friday in Abuja while hosting the leadership of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) at the Commission’s Headquarters.

    Owasanoye said the ICPC will not work on politically motivated petitions.

    “Usually when the season for competition comes, there is a spike in politically motivated petitions for wild-goose chase.

    “Some are brazen enough to tell you that “we should make sure to stop Mr A from contesting” and they will bring a petition forward.

    “That is not our job, and we will not get involved in those things.

    We pack those type of petitions aside basically.

    “Even if there is implication of merit within the complaint, we will say “go and compete first”.

    We are not going to be the ones to be used to give you fair or unfair advantage.

    “When the competition is over, we will decide on the merit or otherwise of what you have brought forward”.

    He, however, explained that ICPC has an existing understanding with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on how to go about genuine electoral petitions when the need arises.

    “We do have an understanding with INEC that in cases where contestants challenge each other in court and the decision says somebody forged a certificate for example, INEC will send those things to us.

    We are prosecuting a few of them at the moment.

    “Those are ways we will add value without compromising ourselves or exposing our officers to the compromise and desperation of politicians during the contest.

    ” he said.

    The ICPC boss challenged political parties to conduct thorough check of their candidates in the interest of the nation, adding that the fortune of any nation depended on the type of leaders it gets.

    “The he pruning process should start with political parties, charity should begin at home, he added.

    Earlier, Chairman of IPAC, Mr Yabagi Sani, said that the visit was to enhance collaboration with the anti-graft agency in ensuring that politicians with questionable characters were not elected into office.

    “The activities that will lead to the emergence of a government that will preside over the affairs of this nation is something that all stakeholders must buy into so as to have a free, fair and credible elections come 2023.“Politics is management of crisis and we believe that if we can get the recruitment of leadership right, which will come from due diligence we are expected to carry out, the leaders will conduct themselves in a manner that will give this country the kind of respect we expect in the comity of nations.

    “That is by ensuring that governance is free from all shades of corruption,” Yabagi said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigeria Police Force says it has commenced training for its officers other security agencies and stakeholders in South West on election management for peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the three day workshop which started on Tuesday in Ibadan was organised by the police in collaboration with Solar Consult Company Ltd Theme of the workshop is 2023 General Elections Enhancing National Security Capacity for a Secured and Credible Electoral Process in Nigeria NAN reports that present at the event were representatives of NSCDC Immigration NDLEA Army INEC officials IPAC religious leaders and traditional rulers A former Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase who facilitated the programme said that similar workshop was held in Kano Enugu Benin and Maiduguri with the final being held in South West geo political zone Arase said the workshop was to sharpen the security knowledge and capacity of security agencies that would participate in the conduct of 2023 general elections He said the training was necessitated by the realisation of less professional conduct and poor coordination of law enforcement agencies during the past elections as well as concerns raised by people within and outside Nigeria on the past elections Arase said it was projected that the workshop would lead to the attainment of credible election entrench democratic value and strengthen national security He said that no fewer than 64 experts from legal and academic fields were selected to lecture the participants Also IGP Usman Baba represented by AIG Bode Adeleke Zone II called on the participants to work toward ensuring the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections and beyond Baba said that achieving peaceful elections in Nigeria was not only the responsibility of INEC but the duty of all and sundry adding that everyone has a role to play The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State Adebowale Williams said that police and other security agencies in the state would continue to synergise toward achieving peaceful conduct of the general elections Williams assured the organiser that the lesson learnt during the workshop would be passed on to other officers He also assured the people of Oyo State on the peaceful and fair conduct of election in the state Commenting Apostle Dare Ojo the state Chairman of Inter Party Adversary Council IPAC called on heads of security agencies to find a way of ensuring that security agents vote during the elections Ojo said that political parties needed the votes of security personnel considering their huge number He said that their participation in the election would add to the votes of various political parties leading to credibility of the election Declaring the workshop open the state acting Governor Bayo Lawal said that the state had invested heavily on education economy and security for peace to reign in the state Lawal represented by Special Adviser to the Governor on Security a retired Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni said that creation of Oyo State Security Network Amotekun Corps was a way of complimenting the police efforts to strengthen security at the grassroots GOK NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police train personnel, others on election management in South-West
     The Nigeria Police Force says it has commenced training for its officers other security agencies and stakeholders in South West on election management for peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the three day workshop which started on Tuesday in Ibadan was organised by the police in collaboration with Solar Consult Company Ltd Theme of the workshop is 2023 General Elections Enhancing National Security Capacity for a Secured and Credible Electoral Process in Nigeria NAN reports that present at the event were representatives of NSCDC Immigration NDLEA Army INEC officials IPAC religious leaders and traditional rulers A former Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase who facilitated the programme said that similar workshop was held in Kano Enugu Benin and Maiduguri with the final being held in South West geo political zone Arase said the workshop was to sharpen the security knowledge and capacity of security agencies that would participate in the conduct of 2023 general elections He said the training was necessitated by the realisation of less professional conduct and poor coordination of law enforcement agencies during the past elections as well as concerns raised by people within and outside Nigeria on the past elections Arase said it was projected that the workshop would lead to the attainment of credible election entrench democratic value and strengthen national security He said that no fewer than 64 experts from legal and academic fields were selected to lecture the participants Also IGP Usman Baba represented by AIG Bode Adeleke Zone II called on the participants to work toward ensuring the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections and beyond Baba said that achieving peaceful elections in Nigeria was not only the responsibility of INEC but the duty of all and sundry adding that everyone has a role to play The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State Adebowale Williams said that police and other security agencies in the state would continue to synergise toward achieving peaceful conduct of the general elections Williams assured the organiser that the lesson learnt during the workshop would be passed on to other officers He also assured the people of Oyo State on the peaceful and fair conduct of election in the state Commenting Apostle Dare Ojo the state Chairman of Inter Party Adversary Council IPAC called on heads of security agencies to find a way of ensuring that security agents vote during the elections Ojo said that political parties needed the votes of security personnel considering their huge number He said that their participation in the election would add to the votes of various political parties leading to credibility of the election Declaring the workshop open the state acting Governor Bayo Lawal said that the state had invested heavily on education economy and security for peace to reign in the state Lawal represented by Special Adviser to the Governor on Security a retired Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni said that creation of Oyo State Security Network Amotekun Corps was a way of complimenting the police efforts to strengthen security at the grassroots GOK NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police train personnel, others on election management in South-West
    Defence/Security4 weeks ago

    Police train personnel, others on election management in South-West

    The Nigeria Police Force says it has commenced training for its officers, other security agencies and stakeholders in South-West on election management for peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the three-day workshop, which started on Tuesday in Ibadan, was organised by the police, in collaboration with Solar Consult Company Ltd. Theme of the workshop is: “2023 General Elections: Enhancing National Security Capacity for a Secured and Credible Electoral Process in Nigeria.

    ” NAN reports that present at the event were representatives of NSCDC, Immigration, NDLEA, Army, INEC officials, IPAC, religious leaders and traditional rulers.

    A former Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, who facilitated the programme, said that similar workshop was held in Kano, Enugu, Benin and Maiduguri with the final being held in South-West geo-political zone.

    Arase said the workshop was to sharpen the security knowledge and capacity of security agencies that would participate in the conduct of 2023 general elections.

    He said the training was necessitated by the realisation of less professional conduct and poor coordination of law enforcement agencies during the past elections, as well as concerns raised by people within and outside Nigeria on the past elections.

    Arase said it was projected that the workshop would lead to the attainment of credible election, entrench democratic value and strengthen national security.

    He said that no fewer than 64 experts from legal and academic fields were selected to lecture the participants.

    Also, IGP Usman Baba, represented by AIG Bode Adeleke, Zone II, called on the participants to work toward ensuring the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections and beyond.

    Baba said that achieving peaceful elections in Nigeria was not only the responsibility of INEC, but the duty of all and sundry, adding that everyone has a role to play.

    The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Adebowale Williams, said that police and other security agencies in the state would continue to synergise toward achieving peaceful conduct of the general elections.

    Williams assured the organiser that the lesson learnt during the workshop would be passed on to other officers.

    He, also assured the people of Oyo State on the peaceful and fair conduct of election in the state.

    Commenting, Apostle Dare Ojo, the state Chairman of Inter- Party Adversary Council (IPAC), called on heads of security agencies to find a way of ensuring that security agents vote during the elections.

    Ojo said that political parties needed the votes of security personnel considering their huge number.

    He said that their participation in the election would add to the votes of various political parties, leading to credibility of the election.

    Declaring the workshop open, the state acting Governor, Bayo Lawal, said that the state had invested heavily on education, economy and security for peace to reign in the state.

    Lawal, represented by Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, a retired Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said that creation of Oyo State Security Network (Amotekun Corps) was a way of complimenting the police efforts to strengthen security at the grassroots.

    )GOK
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A Federal High Court in Abakaliki Thursday nullified the July 30 Local Government Area LGA Elections in Ebonyi The exercise which was swept by the All Progressive Party APC was conducted by the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission EBSIEC It took place in the 13 LGAs and 171 wards in the state However some members of the Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC boycotted the polls due to the N1 million and N200 000 nomination fees for the chairmanship and councillorship seats respectively The group thereafter approached the court in a suit No 1512022 to nullify the outcome of the polls In a judgment Justice Fatun Riman declared the elections null and void Riman described the exercise as undemocratic and unlawful Speaking with newsmen after the judgment the Counsel for the petitioner Mr Mudi Erhenedi hailed the court for its sound judgment Erhenedi said that it was unlawful to conduct the LGA elections without availing the petitioner with the exact laws meant to regulate the exercise He said There are a lot of other issues that are not in compliance with the Electoral Act 2022 as Amended The Act says the procedures for conducting elections into the local government areas by state electoral commissions must comply with that procedure for the election My position now is that my clients demanded to be availed with this law We wrote to EBSIEC the House of Assembly and INEC but they refused to provide us with the extant law The law can guide any of the contestants to know when going within or against it during such election Erhenedi said The Defence Counsel Mr Roy Nweze could not be reached for his reaction to the judgement Meanwhile in a reaction to the judgment Gov David Umahi urged the law abiding residents of the state to remain calm and go about their businesses peacefully The reaction is contained in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Strategy Mr Chooks Oko and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki Our lawyers will study the judgement to determine the best way forward My belief in the judiciary as the bastion of justice and equity remains unshaken the statement added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Court nullifies Ebonyi LGA polls
     A Federal High Court in Abakaliki Thursday nullified the July 30 Local Government Area LGA Elections in Ebonyi The exercise which was swept by the All Progressive Party APC was conducted by the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission EBSIEC It took place in the 13 LGAs and 171 wards in the state However some members of the Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC boycotted the polls due to the N1 million and N200 000 nomination fees for the chairmanship and councillorship seats respectively The group thereafter approached the court in a suit No 1512022 to nullify the outcome of the polls In a judgment Justice Fatun Riman declared the elections null and void Riman described the exercise as undemocratic and unlawful Speaking with newsmen after the judgment the Counsel for the petitioner Mr Mudi Erhenedi hailed the court for its sound judgment Erhenedi said that it was unlawful to conduct the LGA elections without availing the petitioner with the exact laws meant to regulate the exercise He said There are a lot of other issues that are not in compliance with the Electoral Act 2022 as Amended The Act says the procedures for conducting elections into the local government areas by state electoral commissions must comply with that procedure for the election My position now is that my clients demanded to be availed with this law We wrote to EBSIEC the House of Assembly and INEC but they refused to provide us with the extant law The law can guide any of the contestants to know when going within or against it during such election Erhenedi said The Defence Counsel Mr Roy Nweze could not be reached for his reaction to the judgement Meanwhile in a reaction to the judgment Gov David Umahi urged the law abiding residents of the state to remain calm and go about their businesses peacefully The reaction is contained in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Strategy Mr Chooks Oko and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki Our lawyers will study the judgement to determine the best way forward My belief in the judiciary as the bastion of justice and equity remains unshaken the statement added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Court nullifies Ebonyi LGA polls
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    Court nullifies Ebonyi LGA polls

    A Federal High Court in Abakaliki Thursday nullified the July 30 Local Government Area (LGA) Elections in Ebonyi.

    The exercise, which was swept by the All Progressive Party (APC), was conducted by the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC).

    It took place in the 13 LGAs and 171 wards in the state.

    However, some members of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) boycotted the polls due to the N1 million and N200,000 nomination fees for the chairmanship and councillorship seats, respectively.

    The group, thereafter, approached the court in a suit No. 1512022 to nullify the outcome of the polls.

    In a judgment, Justice Fatun Riman, declared the elections “null and void.

    ” Riman described the exercise as undemocratic and unlawful.

    Speaking with newsmen after the judgment, the Counsel for the petitioner, Mr Mudi Erhenedi, hailed the court for its “sound judgment”.

    Erhenedi said that it was unlawful to conduct the LGA elections “without availing the petitioner with the exact laws meant to regulate the exercise”.

    He said: “There are a lot of other issues that are not in compliance with the Electoral Act 2022 as Amended.

    “The Act says, ‘the procedures for conducting elections into the local government areas by state electoral commissions must comply with that procedure for the election’.

    “My position now is that my clients demanded to be availed with this law.

    “We wrote to EBSIEC, the House of Assembly and INEC but they refused to provide us with the extant law.

    “The law can guide any of the contestants to know when going within or against it during such election,” Erhenedi said.

    The Defence Counsel, Mr Roy Nweze, could not be reached for his reaction to the judgement.

    Meanwhile, in a reaction to the judgment, Gov. David Umahi urged the law-abiding residents of the state to remain calm and go about their businesses peacefully.

    The reaction is contained in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Strategy, Mr Chooks Oko, and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki.

    “Our lawyers will study the judgement to determine the best way forward.

    “My belief in the judiciary as the bastion of justice and equity remains unshaken,” the statement added.


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  •  The Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC in Lagos State says many Nigerians may not have been captured in the INEC Continuous Voter Registration CVR that ends nationwide on Sunday IPAC also said that many Nigerians that would be of voting age some months to the election would also be defranchised The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Continuous Voter Registration CVR exercise which started on June 28 2021 was initially billed to end on June 30 before it was extended to July 31 NAN also recalls that in Lagos state as at July 18 those who registered online were 640 560 but many of them had not completed their registration while those who completed the registration exercise were 451 156 INEC Resident Electoral Commission REC in Lagos state Mr Olusegun Agbaje said on July 24 that current statistics of July 28 showed that Lagos State had about seven million registered voters The REC disclosed that the number was derived from the new registrants so far in the ongoing CVR added to those in the old register of voters in the state IPAC Chairman in Lagos state Mr Olusegun Mobolaji however said that INEC should reconsider ending the registration Mobilaji who made the appeal when he spoke with NAN on Sunday was reacting to the scheduled July 31 deadline of the CVR He said that for elections to be free fair and credible every eligible citizen must be allowed to participate in choosing the leadership they wanted Everything about credible elections is voter register and voter cards and if that is actually what INEC really stands for as unbiased umpire for the purpose of democracy INEC should be fair in all areas especially in allowing those who have not registered to do so I think INEC should have a way of allowing every eligible voter get their voter cards to choose the leadership they want he said He stressed that irrespective of the time the registration started the commission should not discontinue the exercise Irrespective of the fact that INEC had started the voter enrollment exercise in 2021 if the time is not enough for everyone that want to participate in the election to get registered and obtain a voter card INEC should not stop registration he said He said that continuation of voter enrollment would not affect every other electoral activity and processes put in place by the commission to conduct good elections According to him they continue until it becomes glaring that it will be impossible to print voter cards again we will all know that they have done their best I think voter registration can go simultaneously with every other plan INEC has There should be a way round this such that everyone that is of voting age is given the opportunity to be able to vote We still have months to the election Mobolaji said that INEC could get more gadgets and personnel to register every eligible citizen who presented themselves for the registration INEC may have done its best but I can say that its best is not enough for the present dispensation as well as the requirements and demand of present democracy Nigerians want to be part of the decision making process They want to elect good leaders All eligible citizens want to be part of it he stated According to him the only way to reposition the country is through ballot and every qualified citizen should be allowed to vote in 2023 He said that the crowd at enrollment centres across the country showed that the time for registration was not enough NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Many Nigerians may be defranchised – IPAC
     The Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC in Lagos State says many Nigerians may not have been captured in the INEC Continuous Voter Registration CVR that ends nationwide on Sunday IPAC also said that many Nigerians that would be of voting age some months to the election would also be defranchised The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Continuous Voter Registration CVR exercise which started on June 28 2021 was initially billed to end on June 30 before it was extended to July 31 NAN also recalls that in Lagos state as at July 18 those who registered online were 640 560 but many of them had not completed their registration while those who completed the registration exercise were 451 156 INEC Resident Electoral Commission REC in Lagos state Mr Olusegun Agbaje said on July 24 that current statistics of July 28 showed that Lagos State had about seven million registered voters The REC disclosed that the number was derived from the new registrants so far in the ongoing CVR added to those in the old register of voters in the state IPAC Chairman in Lagos state Mr Olusegun Mobolaji however said that INEC should reconsider ending the registration Mobilaji who made the appeal when he spoke with NAN on Sunday was reacting to the scheduled July 31 deadline of the CVR He said that for elections to be free fair and credible every eligible citizen must be allowed to participate in choosing the leadership they wanted Everything about credible elections is voter register and voter cards and if that is actually what INEC really stands for as unbiased umpire for the purpose of democracy INEC should be fair in all areas especially in allowing those who have not registered to do so I think INEC should have a way of allowing every eligible voter get their voter cards to choose the leadership they want he said He stressed that irrespective of the time the registration started the commission should not discontinue the exercise Irrespective of the fact that INEC had started the voter enrollment exercise in 2021 if the time is not enough for everyone that want to participate in the election to get registered and obtain a voter card INEC should not stop registration he said He said that continuation of voter enrollment would not affect every other electoral activity and processes put in place by the commission to conduct good elections According to him they continue until it becomes glaring that it will be impossible to print voter cards again we will all know that they have done their best I think voter registration can go simultaneously with every other plan INEC has There should be a way round this such that everyone that is of voting age is given the opportunity to be able to vote We still have months to the election Mobolaji said that INEC could get more gadgets and personnel to register every eligible citizen who presented themselves for the registration INEC may have done its best but I can say that its best is not enough for the present dispensation as well as the requirements and demand of present democracy Nigerians want to be part of the decision making process They want to elect good leaders All eligible citizens want to be part of it he stated According to him the only way to reposition the country is through ballot and every qualified citizen should be allowed to vote in 2023 He said that the crowd at enrollment centres across the country showed that the time for registration was not enough NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Many Nigerians may be defranchised – IPAC
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    2023: Many Nigerians may be defranchised – IPAC

    The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Lagos State, says many Nigerians may  not have  been  captured in the INEC Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) that ends nationwide on Sunday.

    IPAC also said that many Nigerians that would be of voting age some months to the election would also be defranchised.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise which started on June 28, 2021, was initially billed to end on June 30,  before it was extended to July 31. NAN also recalls that in Lagos state as at July 18 those who registered online were 640, 560 but many of them had not completed their  registration, while  those who completed the registration exercise were 451, 156. INEC Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in Lagos state, Mr Olusegun Agbaje said on July 24,  that  current statistics of July 28,  showed that Lagos State had about seven million registered voters.

    The  REC disclosed that  the number was derived from  the new registrants so far in the ongoing CVR,  added to those in the old register of voters in the state.

    IPAC Chairman in Lagos state, Mr Olusegun Mobolaji, however,  said that  INEC should reconsider ending the registration.

    Mobilaji who made the appeal when he spoke with NAN  on Sunday, was reacting to the scheduled July 31 deadline of the CVR.

    He said that for elections to be free, fair and credible, every eligible citizen must be allowed to participate in choosing the leadership they wanted.

    “Everything about credible elections is voter register and voter cards, and if that is actually what INEC really stands for as unbiased umpire, for the purpose of democracy, INEC should be fair in all areas, especially in allowing those who have not registered to do so.

    “I think INEC should have a way of allowing every eligible voter get their voter cards to choose the leadership they want,” he said.

    He stressed that irrespective of the time the registration started, the commission should.

    not discontinue the exercise.

    “Irrespective of the fact that INEC had started the voter enrollment exercise in 2021, if the time is not enough for everyone that want to participate in the  election to get registered and obtain a voter card, INEC should not stop registration,” he said.

    He said that continuation of voter enrollment would  not affect every other electoral activity and processes put in place by the commission to conduct good elections.

    According to him, they continue until it becomes glaring that it will be impossible to print voter cards again, we will all know that they have done their best.

    “I think voter registration can go  simultaneously with every other plan INEC has.

    “There should be a way round this,  such that everyone that is of voting age is given the opportunity to be able to vote.

    We still have months to the election.

    ” Mobolaji said that INEC could get more gadgets and personnel to register every eligible citizen who presented themselves for the  registration.

    “INEC may  have done its best but I can say that its best is not enough for the present dispensation as well as the requirements and demand of present democracy.

    “Nigerians  want to be part of the decision making process.

    They want to elect good leaders.

    All  eligible citizens want to be part of it,” he stated.

    According to him, the only way to reposition the country is through ballot and every qualified citizen should be allowed to vote in 2023. He said that the crowd at enrollment centres across the country showed that the time for registration was not enough.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The increased efficiency of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System BVAS at the July 16 Osun governorship poll is an indication that the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC is on its way to conduct a credible 2023 general elections Unlike the Anambra Ekiti governorship elections and the FCT Area Council poll the Osun election recorded about 80 per cent success in the use of BVAS for voters accreditation and voting According to report by Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room a Coalition of Civil Society Organisations CSO the BVAS machines functioned well The convener of the group Ms Ene Obi told newsmen that the group observed that the BVAS machines functioned well during the election The BVAS were deployed according to the number of registered voters In polling units with over 1 000 voters INEC kept to its promise to deploy two BVAS machines The machines functioned credibly well There were issues with the fingerprint verifications however the facial capture worked very well recording approximately one minute for accreditation and voting in Osogbo and in outside areas it took longer Obi said The Centre for Democracy and Development CDD a Non Governmental Organisation NGO corroborated the claim urging INEC to sustain the improvements in the 2023 general elections This is contained in a post election statement issued by Prof Victor Adetula Senior Fellow and election analyst at the CDD Electoral Analysis Centre CDD EAC and a lecturer at University of Jos Adetula said that INEC s logistics and preparations as well as the conduct of security agents represented a marked improvement on the June 18 Ekiti governorship election He said that the deployment of the BVAS was successful adding that CDD EAC observers noticed that as at 6 00p m 84 3 per cent of polling units had transmitted their results via BVAS On the basis of data received from CDD EAC observers CDD confirms that the collation process leading to the declaration of the governorship election results by INEC was smooth and hitch free At the CDD EAC we hope to see the improvements recorded in the recent elections replicated in the conduct of the 2023 general elections The INEC Result Viewing Portal IReV was in full operation for the uploading of results in most of the polling units At about 10 00p m 99 7 per cent of the results were available on the IReV This level of compliance is commendable and needs to be encouraged for future elections he said With a few exemptions BVAS worked perfectly in almost all the polling units across the 30 local government areas of the state An activist Mr Vincent Ezekwueme also commended INEC for its roles in ensuring that the election was credible Ezekwueme lauded the transparent manner at which the election was conducted by INEC in which the Peoples Democratic Party PDP candidate Mr Ademola Adeleke defeated incumbent Gov Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress APC The outcome of the election reflected the wishes and aspirations of majority of Osun people this has tremendously rekindled people s hope faith trust and confidence in our electoral process I commend INEC security agents and all other stakeholders for ensuring peaceful credible transparent free fair and generally acceptable election in Osun Relentless efforts should be made to ensure reflection of such good gesture during 2023 general elections I condemn high rate of vote buying which is the greatest threat to our democracy he said Also an election monitoring group Yiaga Africa lauded INEC for a job well done saying that the official announcement on the votes cast was consistent with the group s Watching The Votes WTV estimated range The group s board chairman Dr Hussain Abdu said that the process was transparent Because the official results fall within the estimated ranges candidates parties and voters should have confidence that the official results for the Osun governorship election reflect the ballots cast at polling units on Saturday July 16 It is important to highlight that the counting process at polling units was transparent and included representatives from the four political parties that received the most votes he said Abdu said that the group employed Parallel Vote Tabulation PVT methodology and deployed 500 observers in pairs to a representative random sample of 250 polling units 32 mobile observers in all 30 local government areas and 30 results collation observers According to him the deployment strategy enabled Yiaga Africa to provide timely and accurate information on the election day process commencing from the set up voter accreditation voting counting and to independently verify the official results of the election as announced by INEC Apart from the BVAS stakeholders also commended INEC on the early arrival of polling officials as well as the conduct of security agents deployed for the election Commenting Mr Habila Kayit the National Coordinator Godspeed Leadership and Mentorship Development Initiative GLMDI an NGO said that the hitch free conduct of the election was a pointer to the fact that future elections in the country would be better According to Kayit the conduct of the Osun election has showed that Nigeria is on a path of restoring its lost glory The bane of the challenges bedeviling the nation is partly on leadership failure and lack of independence of our institutions that are to tame the excesses of politicians and those in authority he said He lauded INEC for its excellent coordination and near absence of logistics challenges in the conduct of the election The Lagos IPAC Chairman Mr Olusegun Mobolaji said that the election was a big plus for INEC The election is a clear indication and confirmation that our votes count and there is no power or government that cannot be unseated I urge Nigerians to see election and democracy as part of determinant of our destiny and do the needful to be part of electing good leaders that will fix this nation and make us rise again We must work hard to fix this nation through credible elections and good leadership Mobolaji said The Cleen Foundation Election Security Support Centre ESSC an NGO also lauded the conduct of security personnel at the election Mrs Ruth Olofin Acting Executive Director of the foundation made the commendation at a news conference in Abuja after the election Olofin represented by Mrs Chigozirim Okoro the Programme Manager said that the conduct of security personnel deployed on election duty was commendable Cleen Foundation in line with its mandate to promote public safety and security deployed 60 citizen observers across the 30 local government areas of the state The ESSC observed tracked documented escalated and followed up on security related development across the 30 LGAs where its observers were deployed The ESSC observed that 85 1 percent of security personnel arrived early at the polling units across the 30 LGAs she said Commenting on the election the INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu described it as one of the best organized elections in Nigeria Yakubu who spoke when he received delegations of the International Republican Institute IRI and that of the National Democratic Institute NDI in Abuja promised that the commission would deliver the best ever general elections in Nigeria in 2023 He assured that INEC would improve on its successes in the Osun election in subsequent polls NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osun 2022: INEC moving toward credible 2023 elections?
     The increased efficiency of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System BVAS at the July 16 Osun governorship poll is an indication that the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC is on its way to conduct a credible 2023 general elections Unlike the Anambra Ekiti governorship elections and the FCT Area Council poll the Osun election recorded about 80 per cent success in the use of BVAS for voters accreditation and voting According to report by Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room a Coalition of Civil Society Organisations CSO the BVAS machines functioned well The convener of the group Ms Ene Obi told newsmen that the group observed that the BVAS machines functioned well during the election The BVAS were deployed according to the number of registered voters In polling units with over 1 000 voters INEC kept to its promise to deploy two BVAS machines The machines functioned credibly well There were issues with the fingerprint verifications however the facial capture worked very well recording approximately one minute for accreditation and voting in Osogbo and in outside areas it took longer Obi said The Centre for Democracy and Development CDD a Non Governmental Organisation NGO corroborated the claim urging INEC to sustain the improvements in the 2023 general elections This is contained in a post election statement issued by Prof Victor Adetula Senior Fellow and election analyst at the CDD Electoral Analysis Centre CDD EAC and a lecturer at University of Jos Adetula said that INEC s logistics and preparations as well as the conduct of security agents represented a marked improvement on the June 18 Ekiti governorship election He said that the deployment of the BVAS was successful adding that CDD EAC observers noticed that as at 6 00p m 84 3 per cent of polling units had transmitted their results via BVAS On the basis of data received from CDD EAC observers CDD confirms that the collation process leading to the declaration of the governorship election results by INEC was smooth and hitch free At the CDD EAC we hope to see the improvements recorded in the recent elections replicated in the conduct of the 2023 general elections The INEC Result Viewing Portal IReV was in full operation for the uploading of results in most of the polling units At about 10 00p m 99 7 per cent of the results were available on the IReV This level of compliance is commendable and needs to be encouraged for future elections he said With a few exemptions BVAS worked perfectly in almost all the polling units across the 30 local government areas of the state An activist Mr Vincent Ezekwueme also commended INEC for its roles in ensuring that the election was credible Ezekwueme lauded the transparent manner at which the election was conducted by INEC in which the Peoples Democratic Party PDP candidate Mr Ademola Adeleke defeated incumbent Gov Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress APC The outcome of the election reflected the wishes and aspirations of majority of Osun people this has tremendously rekindled people s hope faith trust and confidence in our electoral process I commend INEC security agents and all other stakeholders for ensuring peaceful credible transparent free fair and generally acceptable election in Osun Relentless efforts should be made to ensure reflection of such good gesture during 2023 general elections I condemn high rate of vote buying which is the greatest threat to our democracy he said Also an election monitoring group Yiaga Africa lauded INEC for a job well done saying that the official announcement on the votes cast was consistent with the group s Watching The Votes WTV estimated range The group s board chairman Dr Hussain Abdu said that the process was transparent Because the official results fall within the estimated ranges candidates parties and voters should have confidence that the official results for the Osun governorship election reflect the ballots cast at polling units on Saturday July 16 It is important to highlight that the counting process at polling units was transparent and included representatives from the four political parties that received the most votes he said Abdu said that the group employed Parallel Vote Tabulation PVT methodology and deployed 500 observers in pairs to a representative random sample of 250 polling units 32 mobile observers in all 30 local government areas and 30 results collation observers According to him the deployment strategy enabled Yiaga Africa to provide timely and accurate information on the election day process commencing from the set up voter accreditation voting counting and to independently verify the official results of the election as announced by INEC Apart from the BVAS stakeholders also commended INEC on the early arrival of polling officials as well as the conduct of security agents deployed for the election Commenting Mr Habila Kayit the National Coordinator Godspeed Leadership and Mentorship Development Initiative GLMDI an NGO said that the hitch free conduct of the election was a pointer to the fact that future elections in the country would be better According to Kayit the conduct of the Osun election has showed that Nigeria is on a path of restoring its lost glory The bane of the challenges bedeviling the nation is partly on leadership failure and lack of independence of our institutions that are to tame the excesses of politicians and those in authority he said He lauded INEC for its excellent coordination and near absence of logistics challenges in the conduct of the election The Lagos IPAC Chairman Mr Olusegun Mobolaji said that the election was a big plus for INEC The election is a clear indication and confirmation that our votes count and there is no power or government that cannot be unseated I urge Nigerians to see election and democracy as part of determinant of our destiny and do the needful to be part of electing good leaders that will fix this nation and make us rise again We must work hard to fix this nation through credible elections and good leadership Mobolaji said The Cleen Foundation Election Security Support Centre ESSC an NGO also lauded the conduct of security personnel at the election Mrs Ruth Olofin Acting Executive Director of the foundation made the commendation at a news conference in Abuja after the election Olofin represented by Mrs Chigozirim Okoro the Programme Manager said that the conduct of security personnel deployed on election duty was commendable Cleen Foundation in line with its mandate to promote public safety and security deployed 60 citizen observers across the 30 local government areas of the state The ESSC observed tracked documented escalated and followed up on security related development across the 30 LGAs where its observers were deployed The ESSC observed that 85 1 percent of security personnel arrived early at the polling units across the 30 LGAs she said Commenting on the election the INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu described it as one of the best organized elections in Nigeria Yakubu who spoke when he received delegations of the International Republican Institute IRI and that of the National Democratic Institute NDI in Abuja promised that the commission would deliver the best ever general elections in Nigeria in 2023 He assured that INEC would improve on its successes in the Osun election in subsequent polls NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osun 2022: INEC moving toward credible 2023 elections?
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    Osun 2022: INEC moving toward credible 2023 elections?

    The increased efficiency of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) at the July 16 Osun governorship poll, is an indication that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is on its way to conduct a credible 2023 general elections.Unlike the Anambra, Ekiti governorship elections and the FCT Area Council poll, the Osun election recorded about 80 per cent success in the use of BVAS for voters’ accreditation and voting.According to report by Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, a Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSO), the BVAS machines functioned well.The convener of the group, Ms Ene Obi, told newsmen that the group observed that the BVAS machines functioned well during the election.“The BVAS were deployed according to the number of registered voters.“In polling units with over 1,000 voters, INEC kept to its promise to deploy two BVAS machines.The machines functioned credibly well.“There were issues with the fingerprint verifications, however, the facial capture worked very well recording approximately one minute for accreditation and voting in Osogbo and in outside areas, it took longer,” Obi said.The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) corroborated the claim, urging INEC to sustain the improvements in the 2023 general elections.This is contained in a post election statement issued by Prof.Victor Adetula, Senior Fellow and election analyst at the CDD Electoral Analysis Centre (CDD-EAC) and a lecturer at University of Jos.Adetula said that INEC’s logistics and preparations as well as the conduct of security agents represented a marked improvement on the June 18 Ekiti governorship election.He said that the deployment of the BVAS was successful, adding that CDD-EAC observers noticed that as at 6:00p.m., 84.3 per cent of polling units had transmitted their results via BVAS.“On the basis of data received from CDD-EAC observers, CDD confirms that the collation process leading to the declaration of the governorship election results by INEC was smooth and hitch-free.“At the CDD-EAC, we hope to see the improvements recorded in the recent elections replicated in the conduct of the 2023 general elections.“The INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV) was in full operation for the uploading of results in most of the polling units.At about 10:00p.m. 99.7 per cent of the results were available on the IReV.“This level of compliance is commendable and needs to be encouraged for future elections,” he said.“With a few exemptions, BVAS worked perfectly in almost all the polling units across the 30 local government areas of the state.” An activist, Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, also commended INEC for its roles in ensuring that the election was credible.Ezekwueme lauded the transparent manner at which the election was conducted by INEC in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Ademola Adeleke defeated incumbent Gov.Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).“The outcome of the election reflected the wishes and aspirations of majority of Osun people, this has tremendously rekindled people’s hope, faith, trust and confidence in our electoral process.“I commend INEC, security agents and all other stakeholders for ensuring peaceful, credible, transparent, free, fair and generally acceptable election in Osun.“Relentless efforts should be made to ensure reflection of such good gesture during 2023 general elections.I condemn high rate of vote-buying, which is the greatest threat to our democracy,” he said.Also an election monitoring group, Yiaga Africa, lauded INEC for a job well-done saying that the official announcement on the votes cast was consistent with the group’s Watching The Votes (WTV) estimated range.The group’s board chairman, Dr Hussain Abdu, said that the process was transparent.“Because the official results fall within the estimated ranges, candidates, parties, and voters should have confidence that the official results for the Osun governorship election reflect the ballots cast at polling units on Saturday, July 16.“It is important to highlight that the counting process at polling units was transparent and included representatives from the four political parties that received the most votes,” he said.Abdu said that the group employed Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) methodology and deployed 500 observers in pairs to a representative random sample of 250 polling units, 32 mobile observers in all 30 local government areas and 30 results collation observers.According to him, the deployment strategy enabled Yiaga Africa to provide timely and accurate information on the election day process, commencing from the set-up, voter accreditation, voting, counting and to independently verify the official results of the election as announced by INEC.Apart from the BVAS, stakeholders also commended INEC on the early arrival of polling officials as well as the conduct of security agents deployed for the election.Commenting, Mr Habila Kayit, the National Coordinator, Godspeed Leadership and Mentorship Development Initiative (GLMDI) an NGO said that the hitch-free conduct of the election was a pointer to the fact that future elections in the country would be better.According to Kayit, the conduct of the Osun election has showed that Nigeria is on a path of restoring its lost glory.“The bane of the challenges bedeviling the nation is partly on leadership failure and lack of independence of our institutions that are to tame the excesses of politicians and those in authority,” he said.He lauded INEC for its excellent coordination and near absence of logistics challenges in the conduct of the election.The Lagos IPAC Chairman, Mr Olusegun Mobolaji, said that the election was a big plus for INEC.“The election is a clear indication and confirmation that our votes count and there is no power or government that cannot be unseated.“I urge Nigerians to see election and democracy as part of determinant of our destiny and do the needful to be part of electing good leaders that will fix this nation and make us rise again.“We must work hard to fix this nation through credible elections and good leadership,” Mobolaji said.The Cleen Foundation Election Security Support Centre (ESSC), an NGO also lauded the conduct of security personnel at the election.Mrs. Ruth Olofin, Acting Executive Director of the foundation made the commendation at a news conference in Abuja, after the election.Olofin, represented by Mrs. Chigozirim Okoro, the Programme Manager, said that the conduct of security personnel deployed on election duty was commendable.“Cleen Foundation in line with its mandate to promote public safety and security deployed 60 citizen observers across the 30 local government areas of the state.“The ESSC observed, tracked, documented, escalated, and followed up on security-related development across the 30 LGAs where its observers were deployed.“The ESSC observed that 85.1 percent of security personnel arrived early at the polling units across the 30 LGAs,” she said.Commenting on the election, the INEC Chairman, Prof.Mahmood Yakubu described it as one of the best-organized elections in Nigeria.Yakubu, who spoke when he received delegations of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and that of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Abuja, promised that the commission would deliver the best ever general elections in Nigeria in 2023.He assured that INEC would improve on its successes in the Osun election in subsequent polls.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC in Lagos State says the outcome of Saturday s Osun governorship election is a confirmation that votes still count in Nigeria s electoral system The IPAC Chairman in the state Mr Olusegun Mobolaji made this remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos while reacting to INEC s conduct and outcome of the governorship election won by an opposition party The election is a clear indication and confirmation that our votes count and there is no power or government that cannot be unseated I urge Nigerians to see election and democracy as part of determinant of our destiny and do the needful to be part of electing good leaders that will fix this nation and make us rise again Mobolaji said On the challenges of vote buying in elections the IPAC chairman said we can overcome the nemesis of vote buying and apathy if we are actually ready to do it According to him IPAC will not relent in its efforts to sensitise and educate people that democracy and election is the affair of everyone We must work hard to fix this nation through credible elections and good leadership Mobolaji said NAN reports that the PDP candidate Sen Ademola Adeleke defeated the incumbent Gov Gboyega Oyetola to emerge winner of the election INEC s Returning Officer Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe said that Adeleke polled 403 371 votes to defeat his closet rival Oyetola the candidate of the APC who scored 375 027 votes The PDP won in 17 local government areas while APC won in 13 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osun election confirms votes still count – IPAC
     The Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC in Lagos State says the outcome of Saturday s Osun governorship election is a confirmation that votes still count in Nigeria s electoral system The IPAC Chairman in the state Mr Olusegun Mobolaji made this remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos while reacting to INEC s conduct and outcome of the governorship election won by an opposition party The election is a clear indication and confirmation that our votes count and there is no power or government that cannot be unseated I urge Nigerians to see election and democracy as part of determinant of our destiny and do the needful to be part of electing good leaders that will fix this nation and make us rise again Mobolaji said On the challenges of vote buying in elections the IPAC chairman said we can overcome the nemesis of vote buying and apathy if we are actually ready to do it According to him IPAC will not relent in its efforts to sensitise and educate people that democracy and election is the affair of everyone We must work hard to fix this nation through credible elections and good leadership Mobolaji said NAN reports that the PDP candidate Sen Ademola Adeleke defeated the incumbent Gov Gboyega Oyetola to emerge winner of the election INEC s Returning Officer Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe said that Adeleke polled 403 371 votes to defeat his closet rival Oyetola the candidate of the APC who scored 375 027 votes The PDP won in 17 local government areas while APC won in 13 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osun election confirms votes still count – IPAC
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    Osun election confirms votes still count – IPAC

    The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Lagos State,  says  the outcome of Saturday’s Osun governorship election is a  confirmation that votes still count in Nigeria’s electoral system.

    The IPAC Chairman in the state, Mr Olusegun Mobolaji made this remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos,  while reacting to INEC’s conduct and outcome of the governorship election won by an opposition party.

    “The election is a clear indication and confirmation that our votes count and there is  no power or government that cannot be unseated.

    “I urge Nigerians to see election and democracy as part of determinant of our destiny and do the needful to be part of electing good leaders that will fix this nation and make us rise again,” Mobolaji said.

    On the challenges of vote buying in elections, the IPAC chairman said: “we can overcome the nemesis of vote buying and apathy if we are actually ready to do it.” According to him, IPAC will not relent in its efforts to sensitise and educate people that democracy and election is the affair of everyone.

    “We must work hard to fix this nation through credible elections and good leadership,” Mobolaji said.

    NAN reports that the PDP candidate,  Sen.

    Ademola Adeleke, defeated the incumbent Gov.

    Gboyega Oyetola to emerge winner of the election.

    INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof.

    Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said that Adeleke polled 403,371 votes to defeat his closet rival, Oyetola, the candidate of the APC, who scored 375,027 votes.

    The PDP won in 17 local government areas, while APC won in 13.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Thursday distributed sensitive election materials to its 30 local government offices in Osun ahead of the state governorship election on Saturday July 16 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the distribution of the materials at INEC office in Osogbo was witnessed by agents of political parties journalists and election observers Speaking to newsmen Prof Abdul Ganiyu Raji INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC in the state said the sensitive materials were taken to INEC local government offices under heavy security We took delivery of the sensitive materials midnight of Wednesday and it has been with us for about 36 hours The party agents have seen the materials These materials have been under very heavy security since the day we brought them and we also invited the party agents to witness the arrival including the Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC chairman Raji said He said five national commissioners and 12 supporting RECs were in the state already for the election and that each had been assigned the local government they would supervise Raji said some of the sensitive materials like the Bi modal Voter Accreditation System BVAS had been loaded into vehicles that would take them to their local government destinations Earlier today we loaded the BVAS into the vehicles The ballot papers will now be loaded and each local government vehicles would now move out and we expect that in the next two to three hours they will reach their destinations he said He said the materials ballot papers and result registers were customised according to the local governments and according to the polling units He told journalists to check election result sheets for his signature saying result sheets without his signature would not be considered authentic NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osun 2022: INEC distributes election materials
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Thursday distributed sensitive election materials to its 30 local government offices in Osun ahead of the state governorship election on Saturday July 16 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the distribution of the materials at INEC office in Osogbo was witnessed by agents of political parties journalists and election observers Speaking to newsmen Prof Abdul Ganiyu Raji INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC in the state said the sensitive materials were taken to INEC local government offices under heavy security We took delivery of the sensitive materials midnight of Wednesday and it has been with us for about 36 hours The party agents have seen the materials These materials have been under very heavy security since the day we brought them and we also invited the party agents to witness the arrival including the Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC chairman Raji said He said five national commissioners and 12 supporting RECs were in the state already for the election and that each had been assigned the local government they would supervise Raji said some of the sensitive materials like the Bi modal Voter Accreditation System BVAS had been loaded into vehicles that would take them to their local government destinations Earlier today we loaded the BVAS into the vehicles The ballot papers will now be loaded and each local government vehicles would now move out and we expect that in the next two to three hours they will reach their destinations he said He said the materials ballot papers and result registers were customised according to the local governments and according to the polling units He told journalists to check election result sheets for his signature saying result sheets without his signature would not be considered authentic NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osun 2022: INEC distributes election materials
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    Osun 2022: INEC distributes election materials

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday distributed sensitive election materials to its 30 local government offices in Osun ahead of the state governorship election on Saturday, July 16.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the distribution of the materials at INEC office in Osogbo, was witnessed by agents of political parties ,journalists  and election observers.

    Speaking to newsmen, Prof. Abdul-Ganiyu Raji,  INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state , said the sensitive materials were taken to INEC local government offices under heavy security.

    “We took delivery of the sensitive materials midnight of Wednesday, and it has been with us for about 36 hours. The party agents have seen the materials.

    “These materials have been under very heavy security since the day we brought them and we also invited the party agents to witness the arrival, including the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) chairman,” Raji said.

    He said five national commissioners and 12 supporting RECs were in the state already for the election and that each had  been assigned the  local government they would supervise.

    Raji said some of the sensitive materials, like the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS),had been loaded into vehicles that would take them to their local government destinations.

    “Earlier today, we  loaded the BVAS into the vehicles. The ballot papers will now be loaded and each local government vehicles would now move out and we expect that in the next two to three hours, they will reach their destinations,” he said.

    He said the materials (ballot papers and result registers) were customised according to the local governments and according to the polling units.

    He told journalists to check election result sheets for his signature, saying result sheets without his signature would not be considered authentic


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC has cautioned candidates featuring in the July 16 Osun governorship election against all forms of intimidation and violence Addressing a news conference on Wednesday in Osogbo the IPAC National Chairman Mr Yabagi Sani said that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the conduct of the election was peaceful Sani said that all forms of molestation intimidation and harassment of voters or electoral officials must not be allowed He also appealed to the security agencies to provide adequate security for the poll and tasked security agents deployed for the election to ensure professionalism and ethical standards Sani also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to ensure that the election was free fair and credible INEC must give hope to the people of Osun the rest of the nation and the world at large the era of daylight robbery of the people s right to choose their representatives is over in Nigeria To us in IPAC Osun election is another litmus test for INEC after similar election in Ekiti Sani said He also appealed to the electorate not to allow themselves to be intimidated or deceived by selling their votes To the people of Osun the message from IPAC is that they must resist all attempts to be deceived intimidated or induced into compromising their fundamental inalienable right to freely elect the political leaders of their choice In other words for what ever reasons the electorate must be guided by their conscience their obligations to the advancement of their welfare their security the happiness and prosperity of the future generations he said Sani said that the signing of Peace Accord by the political parties was a sign of commitment toward ensuring that the election was peaceful credible and devoid of violence NewsSourceCredit NAN
    IPAC cautions against intimidation, violence in Osun guber poll
     The Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC has cautioned candidates featuring in the July 16 Osun governorship election against all forms of intimidation and violence Addressing a news conference on Wednesday in Osogbo the IPAC National Chairman Mr Yabagi Sani said that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the conduct of the election was peaceful Sani said that all forms of molestation intimidation and harassment of voters or electoral officials must not be allowed He also appealed to the security agencies to provide adequate security for the poll and tasked security agents deployed for the election to ensure professionalism and ethical standards Sani also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to ensure that the election was free fair and credible INEC must give hope to the people of Osun the rest of the nation and the world at large the era of daylight robbery of the people s right to choose their representatives is over in Nigeria To us in IPAC Osun election is another litmus test for INEC after similar election in Ekiti Sani said He also appealed to the electorate not to allow themselves to be intimidated or deceived by selling their votes To the people of Osun the message from IPAC is that they must resist all attempts to be deceived intimidated or induced into compromising their fundamental inalienable right to freely elect the political leaders of their choice In other words for what ever reasons the electorate must be guided by their conscience their obligations to the advancement of their welfare their security the happiness and prosperity of the future generations he said Sani said that the signing of Peace Accord by the political parties was a sign of commitment toward ensuring that the election was peaceful credible and devoid of violence NewsSourceCredit NAN
    IPAC cautions against intimidation, violence in Osun guber poll
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    IPAC cautions against intimidation, violence in Osun guber poll

    The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), has cautioned candidates featuring in the July 16 Osun governorship election against all forms of intimidation and violence.
    Addressing a news conference on Wednesday in Osogbo, the IPAC National Chairman, Mr Yabagi Sani, said that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the conduct of the election was peaceful.
    Sani said that all forms of molestation, intimidation and harassment of  voters or electoral officials must not be allowed.
    He also appealed  to the security agencies  to provide adequate security for the poll and tasked security agents deployed for the election to ensure professionalism and ethical standards.
    Sani also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), to ensure that the election was free, fair and credible
    “INEC must give hope to the people of Osun, the rest of the nation and the world at large,  the era of daylight robbery of the people’s right to choose their representatives is over in Nigeria.
    ” To us in IPAC, Osun election  is another litmus test for INEC after similar election in Ekiti, “Sani said.
    He  also appealed to the electorate not to allow themselves to be intimidated or deceived by selling their votes.
    “To the people of Osun, the message from IPAC, is that, they must resist all attempts to be  deceived, intimidated or induced  into compromising their fundamental, inalienable right to freely elect the political leaders of their choice.
    ” In other words, for what ever reasons, the electorate must be guided by their conscience, their obligations to the advancement of their welfare, their security, the happiness and prosperity of the future generations,” he said.
    Sani said that the signing of Peace Accord by the political parties was a sign of commitment toward ensuring that the election was peaceful, credible and devoid of violence.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN