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INEC is Plotting to Rig Wike Back to Rivers Govt. House – Eze




***Tells Wike: it’s too early to celebrate


***Lambasts INEC for abandoning the Nigerian army


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been warned not to manipulate the results of the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers State in favour of the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Nyesom Wike, as such action is capable of truncating the nation’s nascent democracy.


A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, who gave the warning in a statement issued and circulated in Port Harcourt on Sunday, raised questions on some shrouded decisions of the INEC, as contained in a statement signed by its Director of Media, Mr. Festus Okoye, expressing the suspicion that the INEC hierarchy might be conniving with the PDP and Governor Wike to return him as Governor, the results of the election not being in his favour notwithstanding.


Eze, a known voice of the APC in the South-South region, reiterated that the governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Engr. Biokpomabo Awara, was leading with a very wide margin, from the results so far collated and announced in the five local government areas already done with, before the INEC announced the suspension of electoral process in the state.


Eze, however, lamented the fact that the INEC was allowing itself to be unduly influenced to truncate the wishes of the people of Rivers state, as overwhelmingly depicted in the voting pattern on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in which the AAC governorship candidate, Awara, was said to have taken a comfortable lead ahead of Wike and the PDP.


“The world is watching with breathtaking attention the funny game currently being played by the Nigerian INEC, prompted by the internal and external forces that may set Rivers state on unprecedented crisis that may truncate our nascent democracy if not handled carefully.

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“INEC had, in a press statement by her Director of Media, Mr Festus Okoye, by midnight of 16th March, released its long awaited statement on the Rivers governorship election, where it had suspended the electoral process after 5 LGAs were declared and the AAC Candidate, Engr Awara Biokpomabo, was in an early lead.


“The statement was not clear which 17 LGAs unit results are collated as INEC claims the results are in its custody and what are the names of the remaining 6 LGAs where the unnamed or unknown soldiers and thugs disrupted Collation. The Public is aware that only 5 LGAs were declared before the disruption of collation by the governor at the Obio/Akpor council, where two soldiers were shot by the CSO to the Governor.


“It’s likely that the reason for the panel’s indictment of the Nigerian Army is to cow them into submission, so as to give PDP a leeway to obtain higher figures in the so-called remaining 6 LGAs, in order to close up the margin, since AAC is leading in the already collated results.


“Again, the report ignored the evidence obtained by the Nigerian Army from the fake military men in uniforms and police vests and if OBO EFFANGA will be allowed to complete the process, knowing how he has mobilised key PDP members to assist him in his rigging plots in favour of Governor Nyesom Wike.


“It is sad and unfortunate that due to the acts of misgovernance by the present administration in the State, every political commentator now describes the politics of Rivers State in the negative: a government that couldn’t pay the salaries of her civil servants or pay the pension of her pensioners. A government that has turned the famous Garden City associated with Port Harcourt, now known as the Garbage City of Nigeria. A government that has destroyed the education, agriculture, health and other sectors of the state. A government without plan for the future of her youths, but will rather prefer to arm and turn her youths into a security challenge for the State.

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“This was a government massively voted out by her citizens during the 9th March 2019 general elections, a process which the Yakubu INEC had to abruptly disrupt, before the conclusion of the process of electing a new governor, in order to pave way for the macabre dance currently going on in Rivers state.


“This rejected governor is the person who the INEC is plotting to smuggle through devious arrangement as the governor-elect of the state, a ploy that may plunge the state into an unprecedented crisis that may truncate our nascent democracy.


“Whatever it is, if the ploy to delay and disrupt the collation process is to pave way for smuggling Wike back  as Rivers state Governor it is dead on arrival.  Wike is gone so far the governorship of Rivers state is concerned, no matter the tricks that INEC may likely deploy so the celebration by Governor Wike and his misguided cohorts on anticipated INEC rigging in their favour is a celebration of their ouster from governance in Rivers State”, he said.


Eze also condemned the leadership of the INEC for failing to commiserate with the Nigerian Army over for the loss of three of its in Rivers state.


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Court Order Threatens Deputy Senate President’s Seat



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The testimony of a witness called by the All Progressive Congress (APC), in the ongoing National Assembly election tribunal sitting in Asaba is threatening the seat of the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege.

The witness, Adehor Ochuko Albert, posited that there was a court order and judgment restraining APC from submitting names of candidates to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 general elections.

In 2018 an order by Justice Toyin Adegoke of the Federal High Court, Asaba, Delta State had restrained APC in the state from submitting the list of candidates to INEC.

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However, the Prophet Jones Erue’s faction of the APC submitted a list of candidates to INEC on October 18, 2018.


A petition filed by Oboro Evelyn Omavowan, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is seeking to quash the election of Omo-Agege based on the flagrant abuse and disregard of the court order.

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According to the suit, Omo-Agege wasn’t qualified to contest the election, as the order by Justice Adegoke was contravened.


In a petition filed by Oboro Evelyn Omavowan, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the election tribunal, APC was sued as the third respondent, while INEC and Omo-Agege Ovie Augustine were sued as first and second respondents, respectively.






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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday charged Lagosians living in Abuja to reflect the spirit of Lagos and be law abiding as they live peacefully in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.


Speaking to newsmen after a tour of the Lagos House which has the staff of the State liaison office in Abuja, Mr Sanwo-Olu urged Lagos citizens to be good ambassadors of the State.


He said, “I can only wish our people that reside in Abuja well, Nigeria is big for all of us. My advice is just for them to be law abiding, to continue to reflect the spirit of Lagos, continue to be good ambassadors of state.


“Our Government is open to them if they have good suggestions or ideas, I am in the liaison office they can drop whatever suggestions they have for us and certainly it will get to us and by the time they hear news about Lagos, it will be good news,” Sanwo-Olu promised.


On his visit to the Liaison Office, the Governor said it was imperative that he comes to the office to see his staff and have a firsthand feel of their working environment, feel their pulse and make them understand what the new government stands for.


According to him, “as a Governor I have got to see my office in Abuja, and also to know the staff and see the environment they work because they are part of us and they will reflect who we are and what we stand for as a state and as a government.


“The least I can do is to come around and feel their pulse to see the people that have my ears and listen to them. That is the least I can do,” the Governor added. 


Mr Sanwo-Olu is the first Governor to visit the State liaison office and this created excitement amongst staff and occupants of the four-storey building in the Central Area of Abuja.


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INEC Received N1.47bn For Servers For 2019 Presidential Elections




The server mess which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has been drawn into is getting worse by the day.

According to a report by Premium Times, INEC received N1.47bn for servers for 2019 Presidential elections.

However, the commission continues to maintain that it doesn’t have a server and never transmitted results of the election electronically.

Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of PDP, had said that he won the February 23 presidential election based on the results he got from INEC’s servers.

The report by Premium Times indicates that the INEC received N1.47 billion to replace and maintain computer servers for use during the 2019 general elections. The online medium reported that it was not clear how the servers, which store computer data, were used during the polls, adding that the finding raises fresh concerns over the commission’s recent claim it had no server for the elections.


INEC is being trailed by a controversy, as it tries to refute claims that it operated a central computer database that received election results.

Recall that the electoral commission declared Buhari winner of the February 16 election but Abubakar, his main challenger, rejected the decision, saying his victory was suppressed by INEC.

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The INEC has disputed Abubakar’s claims, and has denied transmitting election results electronically or saving them on a server. The online medium claimed to have seen details of INEC’s budget for the 2019 elections, adding that the spending plan shows the electoral body collected from the federal government N1.47 billion for servers. Though, it requested for N2.27 billion. It was not clear whether the servers were used for the elections or whether election results were transmitted electronically.

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