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Elect’23: Disqualify APC for Electoral Act Breach – PDP tell INEC.


The Peoples Democratic Party, Lagos State chapter, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu from the 2023 election.

The PDP accused the APC-led administration in the state of breaching the provisions of the Electoral Act on electioneering campaigns by campaigning for the reelection of Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu for the 2023 governorship election in the state.

Taofik Gani, publicity secretary of the PDP in Lagos, who leveled the accusation in a statement on Sunday, asked the INEC to disqualify the APC and Governor Sanwo-olu from the 2023 election.

He said, “The APC has commenced deliberate public announcements; jingles; Newspaper adverts directly and indirectly sponsored by the Governor, his supporters, groups and the APC announcing Sanwo-olu as a performer-governor within his first year in office that should be supported for reelection.

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“For clarity, the sponsored public announcements, jingles, Newspaper Adverts are clearly calling on electorates to reelect Sanwo-olu and the APC on the basis of their perceived performances within first year. These jingles and other announcements abound. We demand that the Governor and the APC must be disqualified from contesting the governorship election in the 2023. They are already overreaching all other aspirants and parties. Governor Sanwo-olu and the APC are already violating the political process. The level playing field that ought to exist is being dug into gullies for all other parties. This is unfair. The INEC must assert its authority and control of the electoral process by enforcing its rules irrespective of the committer of breaking the rules. The INEC must suo motu disqualify Sanwo-olu as a persona and the APC from eligibility to contest the governorship in the 2023 general elections.”

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The PDP described the scorecard peddled by the APC as “indeed laughable”, describing the APC led administration in the state is the “worst ever by any Lagos State Governor.

The PDP said the Sanwo-olu administration’s one year in office is “a year of abysmal performance of monumental failure”, and vowed to, in the coming days expose the failures of Sanwo-olu’s first year in office as Governor.


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Elect’20: INEC redesign polling units amid COVID-19 outbreak


Amidst COVID-19, the Independent National Electoral Commission has said Polling Units shall be redesigned by the Commission to ensure substantial compliance with the COVID-19 protocols established by health authorities.

INEC noted that, among other things, the redesign would emphasise social distancing, general hygienic conduct and enforcement of COVID-19 prevention protocols.

The commission disclosed this in a “Policy on Conducting Elections in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic” document signed by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, released on Monday.

The INEC chairman noted that on election day, the use of face masks shall be mandatory at Polling Units and all election locations, stating that any voter without a face mask shall be turned away.

Yakubu said: “However, the Assistant Presiding Officer (APO) II in checking the Register of Voters may request removal of mask to prevent voter impersonation.

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“There shall be a two-tier queuing system at the Polling Unit – one outside and the other in the voting area. Voters will be brought into the voting area periodically to prevent overcrowding.

“Tags and twines may be used to ensure crowd control and maintenance of social distance.

“In order to accommodate additional activities in setting up the PU due to COVID-19, polls shall now commence at 8:30am and close at 2:30pm.

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“Anybody on the outer queue by 2:30pm shall be allowed to vote, in line with the Commission’s regulations.

“Prior to the commencement of polls, the Presiding Officer or Assistant Presiding Officer (VP) shall ensure that the contents of the Voter Code of Conduct (VCC) are read out loudly to voters and that the VCC Poster is pasted at the polling unit.

Yakubu stated that there should be periodic disinfection of chairs, tables and work areas, as well as adequate ventilation at the Polling Units.

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He said: “The Smart Card Readers (SCR) shall be cleaned with the prescribed disinfectant after each voter’s fingerprint is read.

“Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other safety materials shall be provided for polling staff.”

Yakubu added that at the close of polls, polling unit staff should ensure that materials were properly disinfected, carefully packaged and that used PPE were hygienically packaged or disposed of.

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He explained that for purposes of collation of results after election the Commission would cluster Registration Area collation centres where feasible, in order to reduce exposure of people to the risk of COVID-19, speed up collation and reduce costs.

“In order to prevent overcrowding during collation, only one polling agent of a party on the ballot (or the candidate in person) for the election(s) shall be allowed into the collation hall,” he said.

On post-election activities, Yakubu stated that for reverse logistics, election staff must ensure that used, but reusable PPEs, were carefully packaged and sent to designated collection points.

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“All post-election debriefings shall preferably be done electronically. Where face-to-face debriefings take place, the protocols for COVID-19 prevention shall be followed,” he said.

For pre-election activities, Yakubu stated that INEC should immediately embark on review of regulations, guidelines and manuals for elections in the light of changes to the electoral process that are imminent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said: “Develop a Voter Code of Conduct (VCC) document detailing how voters are expected to act and conduct themselves at the polling units in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Review all Elections Information Kits to include COVID-19 information.

“Expand the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) at all levels to include NCDC (or other requisite health bodies) and National Orientation Agency (NOA) on a temporary basis.”

The INEC chairman mandated INEC state offices to work with local health authorities to do a health assessment of upcoming elections immediately.

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He said: “Conduct immediate discussion with state governments where elections are to hold concerning lockdowns, curfews, etc, and how they might affect elections.

“Ensure that Pre-Election Preparation (PEP) activities shall be conducted online preferably.

“Where face-to-face activities become necessary, the protocols for COVID-19 prevention should be followed.

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“Pilot changes to the electoral process in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic in a by-election prior to the Edo and Ondo governorship elections in order to learn lessons where necessary.”

Yakubu explained that INEC has also made provision for handling and delivery of election materials.

One of the provisions, according to him, was to reduce the number of contacts during distribution.

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He said when Non-sensitive Materials were procured, they would be delivered directly by vendors to States or purchased by States requiring the materials and packaged according to the quantity required by Registration Area.

“This will reduce the level and number of contacts during distribution,” he said.

He said production of Sensitive Materials shall commence early to give adequate time for proper packaging and delivery.

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Yakubu added that to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, the commission should reduce to a minimum interstate movement of staff, including ad hoc staff, for off-season and by-elections.

“The rule shall be that only shortfalls requested by the states are filled from outside the state. As much as possible, all election staff will be sourced in-state,” the INEC chairman said.
He added that in the establishment of voting points in order to reduce the number of points in a Polling Unit to be monitored and controlled for COVID-19 compliance, the threshold for Voting Points shall be increased from 500/750 to 1,000/1,250.


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COVID-19: INEC joins Battle as Cases Hit 1,532. [Nigeria]

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it is fully committed to the fight against coronavirus in Nigeria.

On Wednesday, the body confirmed that it had deployed 39 additional vehicles to support the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVlD-19.

The vehicles will be use for contact tracing, surveillance, laboratory and infection prevention in Kano and Plateau States.

A statement by Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Voter Education Committee, made the announcement.

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“ln response to request by the PTF on combating COVlD-19 for more vehicles to support the national emergency against the Coronavirus pandemic, the commission has deployed about 39 additional vehicles.

“Thirty pick up vans have been deployed to Kano to facilitate the movement of medical personnel for massive contact tracing and testing in the State while nine vehicles have been assigned to Plateau”, it read.

Okoye assured that INEC would continue to work with all agencies and stakeholders to combat COVlD-19 in the country.

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He reiterated INEC’s appeal to all citizens to stay safe by complying with the advise of the medical authorities.

Nigeria has recorded 1532 cases of coronavirus.


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[Nigeria] Fire tease INEC H/Q in Abuja.


The fire affected the Electoral and Party Monitoring Department of the INEC office.

A section of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters has been gutted by fire.

The National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, confirmed this to reporters on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He revealed that the inferno affected the Department of Electoral and Party Monitoring part of the commission’s head office.

Okoye explained that the fire broke out as a result of an electrical fault at the office of the Director of Electoral and Party Monitoring located close to the Media Centre of the Commission.

He, however, said the incident has been brought under control by men of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Fire Service.

The national commissioner insisted that there was no cause for alarm, stressing that the incident was a minimal one and did not affect sensitive documents at the commission’s headquarters.

Below is Okoye’s statement:

At 11:30 am today, 17th April 2020, a tire outbreak occurred at a section of the building housing the Election and Party Monitoring Department and the Media Centre. The building is an annex, detached from the main building of the Independent National Electoral Commission‘s headquarters.

Fire fighters attached to the Commission swiftly responded to contain the inferno and they were later joined by their colleagues from the Federal Fire Service headquarters in the Federal Capital Ten’itory (FCT). The fire was extinguished within a short period of time and did not cause any substantial damage to the building.

Apart from some office furniture and equipment. nothing sensitive was destroyed. Reports of party primaries and conventions are intact. The campaign finance database is also not affected. The incident will therefore not affect the administrative or technical operations of the Commission in any way.

Meanwhile. Investigation into the cause(s) of the tire incident has commenced.


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INEC reveal how politicians violate election rules.


One year after the 2019 general elections, over 60 per cent of political parties that participated are yet to file their statutory returns to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act.

Before the deregistration of 74 parties by INEC recently, 92 registered parties participated in the February 23 and March 9, 2019 presidential, National Assembly, governorship, and state assemblies elections.


It was learnt that some of the parties, aside from violating the campaign finance laws by spending above the amount stipulated in the Electoral Act, have not also submitted annual statements of assets, liabilities and analysis of their sources of funds to the electoral body.

INEC Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, told The Guardian that just over a third of the parties that participated in the 2019 general elections filed in their statutory returns.


Section 86 of the 2010 Electoral Act (as amended) empowers INEC to monitor and keep records of the activities of registered political parties in the country, while Section 92 (3) of the same law also mandated political parties to submit their election expenses to the commission in a separate audited return within six months after an election.

The law places a penalty of N1million maximum fine on any political party that acts in contravention of the above section and further says the court may impose a penalty of N200,000 per day in case of failure to submit an accurate audited return within the stipulated period until it is submitted to the commission.


INEC defines election expenses as “expenses incurred by a political party within the period from the date notice is given by the commission to conduct an election up to and including the polling day in respect of a particular election.”

The Guardian could not confirm if the two major political parties, the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were among parties that are yet to submit records of their financial dealings to the electoral umpire.


Both parties were accused of spending beyond the campaign finance threshold during the 2019 general elections. Osaze-Uzzi said that though many parties had been deregistered, the commission was in the process of formally notifying those that have not complied and would draw their attention to the legal provisions.

According to him, corporate entities are not allowed to contribute to political parties by virtue of the provisions of the Corporate and Allied Matters Act.


On the commission’s efforts in ensuring that parties file their statutory returns, Osaze-Uzzi noted that several workshops had been undertaken to enlighten them on financial reporting, proper book keeping and many more. He also said that the commission had organised capacity building workshops for its field and headquarters officers to undertake proper monitoring of the spending of parties as well as engage external auditors to look into the books of the parties.

The Director of Centre for Democracy and Development, Idayat Hassan, in her reaction to the development, lamented how politicians have consistently breached the law on campaign financing. She told The Guardian that specific aspects of the electoral law provided legal loopholes for politicians to exploit in breaching the law on campaign financing.


According to her, there are two particular problems with political financing in the country. One is the limiting factor in the act that disregards “any expenditure incurred before the notification of the date fixed for the election with respect to services rendered or material supplied before such.”

According to her, “This has served as a legal loophole allowing potential candidates to spend considerable amounts of money prior to the official start of the election campaign. However, the refusal of the political parties to submit the audited returns of their finances remains a challenge, considering the fact that political expenditure can form a decisive advantage in determining the outcome in elections.


“Political parties continue to breach the provisions during the elections by resorting to third party spending. In the 2019 elections, for instance, we witnessed how the Buhari Media Campaign and Buhari Support group resorted to third party spending to run their campaign. INEC will have to do more and try to implement existing rules and explore the option of strategic litigation to address some of the challenges. There is also the need for Electoral Act amendments on the submission of audit and penalties.”

Hassan said that there was the need for a broader definition of election expenses beyond what was incurred by a political party within the period from the date the notice was given by the commission to conduct an election up to, and including, the polling day in respect of a particular election.


The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, asked to be given sometime to verify from the party’s departments in charge of such before making any comment.

Although he said he was aware that INEC came to the PDP’s secretariat to do its findings “but how far is what I would need to find out and communicate to the media.”

The spokesman of the ruling APC, Mr Lanre Isa Onilu could not be reached for reaction.The National Chairman, National Conscience Party (NCP), Dr. Tanko Yinusa, told The Guardian that the party had submitted all necessary information in that regard to INEC, while the National Chairman of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Chief Ralph Nwosu, said he would also need to get in touch with certain people to get accurate information.


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INEC set to amend electoral act; 34 amendment proposals submitted


The electoral commission INEC, on Monday, said it will propose 34 amendments to the Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill that will include punishments for electoral violators.

The Commission also said the bill will make provisions for the security of lives and property during elections.


The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said this in Lagos at a retreat on the review of the electoral legal framework.

The retreat was in partnership with the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).


Yakubu said the electoral body last year received the draft of the bill from the Senate Committee on INEC which had been presented to the executive for assent before the 2019 general elections.

He added that INEC had shared the draft bill with the National Commissioners, Directors, Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) and senior officials in the 36 states and the FCT.


“As long as violators of electoral laws are not penalised, we will continue to have issues with our elections. As part of the reforms of the key components of the Electoral Act, we will like to see the effective sanctions of those who violate electoral laws of this country.

“Any country that does not penalise offenders is doomed and we must find a way of penalising electoral offenders so that impunity can be at best reduced or even eliminated completely,” Yakubu said.


The INEC chairman said the review of the electoral act will increase transparency and credibility of the electoral process, and the reduction of electoral banditry.

“Listening to Nigerians, it is clear that a review of the Electoral Act and our electoral legal framework in general, must be anchored on curbing incidents of violence and sundry malpractices in the electoral process.


“It is also to ensure that violators of electoral laws are effectively sanctioned. It must deepen the deployment of technology in elections.

“It will also ensure inclusivity in the electoral process for marginalised segments of the society such as women, youth and persons living with disabilities,” Yakubu said.


INEC Director of Legal Services, Oluwatoyin Babalola, said the proposed of the retreat was to harmonise all proposals for amendment to the Electoral Act 2010 for presentation to the National Assembly.

Mrs Babalola said, “There are 34 proposed amendments elaborated in four columns.”


Also, Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Sam Olumekun, proposed the need for a special court for electoral offences.

Olumekun noted that the special courts should have a defined time frame for prosecution and speedy administration of justice.


On electoral litigation the Lagos REC also urged the commission to equip the legal department and prepare the staff to represent the commission in election matters.

He said, “The commission should critically examine the issue of conflict of interests among our external solicitors that represent the petitioners in other matters.

INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

“The commission should ensure that such solicitors do not represent any petitioner throughout the period of election petitions in the tribunals and courts of competent jurisdiction.

“While we appreciate the effort of the commission in dealing with legal issues, the commission should continue to equip the Legal Department and prepare the staff to represent the commission in election matters,” he said.


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Look closely, the certificate of candidates before voting in Edo, Ondo – INEC tell Voters


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that it will display the personal particulars, including academic qualifications of all the candidates nominated by political parties for the Edo and Ondo governorship elections.


It disclosed that this will afford the citizens the opportunity to scrutinise the particulars of the candidates and take legal actions against those who present false information to the Commission.

INEC insisted that this will help to check the new trend of courts determining the outcome of elections as observed in recent times.


The Supreme Court sacked Bayelsa Governor-elect on the account that his running mate Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo submitted fake certificates to INEC.

INEC National Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, who gave the hint during the quarterly meeting between the Commission and Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) said: “The personal particulars of all the candidates nominated by political parties for the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections, including their academic qualifications, will be displayed in our offices in the two States as required by law.


“This will enable citizens to scrutinise them and take legal action against any candidate who provides false information to the Commission. The personal particulars of candidates will be displayed on 6th July 2020 in Edo State and on 4th August 2020 in Ondo State. I wish to appeal to citizens to note the dates and to seize the opportunity to scrutinise the information provided on oath by the candidates in the interest of our democracy and good governance.

“For our part, the Commission has been studying the judgements of courts arising from the conduct of recent elections. We have also been reviewing the reports from accredited observers as well as internal reports from our State Offices. We will continue to keep an eye on the conduct of our officials and apply appropriate sanctions on erring staff, both regular and ad-hoc”.


He warned political parties to avoid acrimonious primaries that will result in endless litigation and observe due diligence in the screening of their candidates.

According to him: “Given recent experience with some Governorship elections, political parties need to do more to avoid the conduct of acrimonious primaries or failure to observe due diligence in the screening of their candidates, resulting in protracted litigations and eventual determination of the outcome of elections by orders of court.

“I wish to draw the attention of political parties to two critical dates in the timetable released by the Commission a few weeks ago. Party primaries for the democratic election and nomination of candidates for the Governorship election in Edo State must be held from 2nd to 27th June 2020. The date for Ondo State is 2nd to 25th July 2020. The Commission will not extend the dates. We will also rigorously monitor the primaries and where necessary, apply sanctions as provided by law”.

Yakubu also hinted that the Commission will introduce critical changes ahead the coming governorship elections to strengthen the process and procedures.


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Bayelsa: David Lyon calls for calm, says don’t blame my opposition


David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November governorship election in Bayelsa state, has asked people not to blame Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, his running mate, for his removal.

Although Lyon was declared winner of the election, the supreme court sacked him on the grounds that his running mate presented forged documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).


Twenty-four hours later, Douye Diri, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, was sworn in as governor.

In a statement signed by Alphine Ogoh, his media aide, Lyon appealed to his supporters to remain calm and allow the legal team of the party to explore “all remedies available in law to restore the mandate of the people”.


He described as “unfounded” the allegations that he was encouraging people to engage in violence following the judgment.

He said stakeholders have the liberty to express their opinions on issues but it should be within the ambit of the law.


“Chief David Lyon reassures Nigerians and the peace-loving people of Bayelsa state that as a law-abiding citizen, he will never support, sponsor or direct anyone to engage in acts inimical to the progress and wellbeing of the same people he seeks to govern, ” the statement read.

“Chief David Lyon insists that those who know him and have interacted with him can attest to the indisputable fact that he is a peace-loving person.


”Chief David Lyon has respect for civil liberty and believes in legal and democratic processes of resolving issues.

“Chief David Lyon also believes that in a democracy, the court is the last hope of the common man. Following the court pronouncement, he has been preoccupied with exploring all legal processes and remedies available in the constitution in the exercise of his fundamental human rights to address the unfortunate incident.


“As a leader, Chief David Lyon implores every Bayelsan, who believes in him and his vision for the state not to blame his running mate for the unfortunate development.”

He noted that a peaceful and stable Bayelsa is what he aspires to govern and improve upon as a legacy for all.

David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC)

“Chief David Lyon calls on all political leaders irrespective of their party affiliations to call their teeming supporters to order. He insists that nobody should take laws into their hand,” he said.

“He also expresses his faith and confidence in the judicial process and the Supreme Court, in particular, noting that at the end of the day, justice will be done to the good people of Bayelsa State.”


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Minimum wage: Staff complains Non-payment of arrears – INEC flout


The staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) might go on strike for the first time in its history if the threat of the Labour Union,an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress(TUC) was anything to go by, over the refusal of the Commission management to pay the new minimum wage arrears to its workforce as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Commission has flouted the directive of the President on the payment and implementation of the new minimum wage arrears to its staff on or before 31st of December,2019 and the payment should take effect from April 2019 as agreed with the organised labour after the series of negotiations between the parties. It was learnt that all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) excerpt INEC in the country had obliged with the President’s directive since December 2019 and the staff of the Commission have been groaning over the non-payment of the arrears of the new salary adjustment and implementation of the new minimum wage on monthly basis. They alleged that the Commission’s management were being insensitive to the plight of its workforce because they were not beneficiary in the salary adjustment, alleging that it seems the management has fixed the sum in the bank in order to yield interest for them. Investigation also revealed that the electoral umpire management were yet to pay the Promotion salary arrears to its affected workers since January 2019 till December and not to talk of its implementation in the year 2020.As at the closing hour of work last Friday,no staff of the Commission saw any bank alert in respect of the said arrears. Also speaking, a human rights activist, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, commended the leadership of the Senior Staff Union for thier proactive measure on the development, condemned the electoral umpire management for being insensitive to the plight of its workforce. Sulaiman who is the Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), maintained that the rights group would team up with the union to fight the INEC management if they failed to pay the workers of their legitimate entitlements with immediate effect as directed by President Buhari. In its letter dated 5th of February,2020 which was signed by One Isaac Ojemnenke,aca, for the Association’s Secretary General and forwarded to the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the Labour Union under the aegis of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), requesting for the payment of the consequential Salary Adjustment arising from the New National Minimum Wage of Thirty Thousand Naira (N30,000) to its workers on or before 29th February,2020 and failure to do the needful might lead the Union to take appropriate Trade Union action of addressing the matter. Part of the ASCSN letter read thus; “You will recall that the Federal Government through the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment directed all MDAs ensure full implementation of the new National Minimum Wage and the consequential adjustment on or before 31st December,2019. “The National leadership of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, the Union that constitute Council 1 of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) is suprised that INEC, the symbol of democracy in Nigeria has failed to comply with the directive of the Federal Government over this all important wage matter. “Sequel to the above and the need to promote industrial peace and harmony in the INEC, the ASCSN wishes to request that the INEC management should implement the consequential adjustment on Salary of the members of the INEC staff with the effect from 18th April,2019 on or before 29th February,2020, failing which the Union will be left with no other alternative than to take appropriate Trade Union action to address the matter. “We wish to inform you that this letter has been endorsed to the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Minister of Finance and the Director- General,State Security Service for their information and necessary intervention”.


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Bayelsa: Douye Diri sworn in despite APC protest {Video}


The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa State, Senator Duoye Diri, has been sworn in as governor.


His swearing-in comes a day after the Supreme Court sacked the former governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.

A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to withdraw the Certificate of Return that had been issued to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the November 16, 2019 governorship election.


The court then ordered INEC to issue a fresh Certificate-of-Return to the candidate of the party with the next highest votes and with the required constitutional spread of votes in the results of the election, which was the PDP.

Hours before the swearing-in on Friday, INEC officially declared Diri as the winner of the election in the state.

He was sworn-in along with his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.

While delivering his acceptance speech, the new governor asked Bayelsan’s to embrace each other in love and avoid hatred which he believes would only inhibit the growth and development of the state.


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Bayelsa: Gov. Dickson credit God over victory


The governor of Bayelsa State, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson has ascribed the verdict of the Supreme Court which returned the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Senator Douye Diri, as the governor elect, to the mercies of God.

The governor commended the judiciary for its courage, strict and exemplary adherence to the sterling ethos of the hallowed profession.


According to him the bold decision of the judiciary gives so much hope for democracy in the country.

The governor also thanked the Bayelsa people, all Nigerians of goodwill and the clergy for their support and persistent prayers throughout the period of pre-election dispute in the court.


The governor said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Fidelis Soriwei stated that the victory was not just for the PDP but also the whole of Bayelsa and the entire Ijaw nation.

Dickson who called for calm and effective process of reconciliation in the state urged opinion and opposition leaders in the state to work for peace and reconciliation.


He said that there was no winner and no vanquished in the Bayelsa guber tussle adding that all Bayelsans had a duty to ensure that law and order did not come under threat in the state.

Dickson said disagreement is normal in politics, adding that the actors must display maturity to move on when the matter gets to the apex court and judgment delivered on it.

The governor urged that nobody should be molested or persecuted as a fallout of the judgment which returned the PDP candidate as the governor elect of Bayelsa.

He called on all Bayelsans and indeed the Ijaw nation to give the requisite attention to the ongoing efforts to develop Bayelsa.


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Bayelsa: PDP set to inaugurate Douye Diri


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commenced preparation for the inauguration of the governor-elect, Senator Douye Diri and the deputy- governor elect, Senator Lawrence Ewhrujakpo.

According to investigations Diri and Ewhrujakpo who have been issued their certificates of return at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abuja are on their way to Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The state executive council chamber is presently being prepared for the inauguration ceremony.


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Bayelsa: PDP’s Douye Diri receives certificate of return


The Independent National Electoral Commission, on Friday, issued a Certificate of Return to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Douye Diri.

INEC earlier declared him as the winner of the November 16 governorship election held in Bayelsa State.

A few minutes after INEC’s pronouncement, Odiri and his deputy arrived at the electoral’s body headquarters in Abuja to receive the Certificate of Return.


Supreme Court had nullified the All progressives Congress victory of November 16 governorship election.

The Supreme Court had ruled that Lyon’s Deputy, Degi Ereminyo, submitted forged certificates that disqualified the joint ticket and nomination.

The court asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to them and reissue the same to the next party with the required constitutional spread.

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Deregistering more parties will strengthen the Democratic process – PDP


Godwin Ezeemo, a front-line politician, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to de-register more political parties to further sanitize the nation’s electoral process.
Mr. Ezeemo, who is a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, made the call in an interview on Thursday in Awka, Anambra State.

He said that the de-registration of 74 political parties by INEC was a good move in the right direction.


According to him, the move would strengthen the nation’s democratic process.

Mr. Ezeemo said that the de-registered political parties had failed to meet their obligations and lacked the ability to win elections.


He urged INEC to take further take steps to de-register other political parties that lacked the ability to win elections or even maintain the structure of a party, as a way to curb electoral violence.

Mr. Ezeemo said that if the political parties are pruned to sizeable numbers, it would give room for improvement in the country’s electoral process.


Nigeria, he said, is still battling with problems of previous elections.

“Twenty years after the return to democratic rule and after six electoral cycles, political violence seems to be more due to many political parties that led to uncontrollable situations,’’ he said.


He attributed the political impasse in the country to many political parties that have no manifesto but only helped to enhance electoral violence and vote-buying among others.

The PDP chieftain urged INEC to implement reforms in the electoral process as recommended by the Justice Muhammadu Uwais electoral reform committee and Sheik Ahmed Lemu committee on post-election violence of 2011.


He said that the 2014 National Conference report and other electoral reforms, as well as all major election observer reports, should be reconsidered for Nigeria’s democratic process to be at par with other democratic nations of the world.

NobleReporters learnt that the Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, had de-registered 74 political parties, leaving 18 as authentic political parties in the country.

Mr. Ezeemo suggested that stringent criteria be put in place for political parties to meet before being put on ballot papers at elections.

He suggested such criteria as membership strength, national spread, financial resources and adherence to constitutionalism.


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Deregister more political parties – APC tells INEC


The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to de-register more political parties to sanitise Nigeria’s electoral system.

Mr Nwachukwu Eze, the Chairman of Ebonyi Chapter of APC made the call in an interview on Monday in Abakaliki.


Eze said that the de-registration process should continue until the country has a maximum of six political parties to ensure that the electoral space was not ‘unnecessarily congested’.

“We applaud INEC for doing the needful as such de-registration had been overdue.


“We had a situation where few individuals or family members put-up papers and register with INEC but do not exist in states or anywhere in the country.

“They do not have offices, membership bases, structures and one person in most cases, is the chairman, secretary and other members of the executive.


“INEC has presently decided to sanitise the system and this can be likened to the deleting of unwanted files in a computer for it to have enough storage space,” he said.

The chairman said that such de-registration would sanitise the electoral process, especially by eliminating complexities recorded during voting.


“This decision will make logos of political parties appear bold on ballot papers and make voters have enough space to thumb-print.

“When we have over 90 political parties on a ballot paper, the illiterate voters would be confused on how to thumb-print,” he said.


He urged INEC not to be distracted by complaints over the de-registration, advising it to ‘shut its ears’.

“There is no case of victimisation in the decision as the affected parties know they are not in existence.


“A situation where some parties will poll over 10million votes in a general election, while others will not have up to 1, 000 votes in a country of over 120million people is appalling.

“INEC has an assemblage of the best lawyers in the country either as staff or consultants and its reputation will make it shun acts that will be subjudice before the court.

“There is no order restraining INEC from implementing the decision and it is only when such is obtained that the issue of subjudice will arise,” he said.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had on Thursday announced de-registration of 74 political parties for failing to meet Constitutional requirements for them to exist as political parties in the country.


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Deregistering 74 political parties; Good Omen – NYCN praise INEC


The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has described the deregistration of 74 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a good omen.

Mr Bestman Okereafor, NYCN’s National Public Relations Officer, said this in a statement made available in Enugu on Friday. N.Rs culled


He said that INEC’s current position on the state of some political parties was a good step, especially in preparation for the 2023 general elections.

“NYCN’s attention has been drawn to INEC’s decision to deregister 74 political parties and bringing the number down to 18.


“We consider this as a giant stride and a step in the right direction, it shows that the electoral commission is poised to do it well,” he said.

Okereafor congratulated the 18 political parties that survived INEC’s scrutiny, urging them to play their roles in the nation’s polity.

He said it was worrisome that most political parties were mere appendages of the major ones, saying, “they are silent and unable to check the activities of the major parties.”

“The NYCN congratulates the successful 18 political parties, we charge them to serve as checks to the policies of the ruling party,”


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Why INEC deregistered 74 political parties


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has deregistered 74 political parties from participating in subsequent elections in the country.

Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu who made the announcement at a press conference on Thursday in Abuja, said the parties failed to meet constitutional requirements that determine the continuous existence of political parties in the country.

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INEC: Politicians must learn to start accepting Court’s decision


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged politicians to always respect and accept court decisions, as they are final and binding on everyone. The commission also frowned at comments in some quarters accusing its members of staff of partisanship or appendage of a political party.

This is coming on the heels of accusations, counter-accusations and protests that greeted the removal of Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo State by the Supreme Court. National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said INEC would resist invitation to be drawn into the debate on the propriety, correctness or otherwise of the decisions of the courts and tribunals.

According to him, powers and jurisdiction of the various institutions had been clearly spelt out in the Constitution and Electoral Act.

“Members of staff of the commission risked their lives, performed under delicate conditions and engaged in electoral operations aimed at protecting the integrity of the process and ensuring credible outcomes.“The commission’s code of conduct ensures that all our members of staff remain non-partisan in the discharge of their official duties. This is the only way they can maintain the delicate balance between all the contending political parties and candidates in the political process.

“It is, therefore, unhelpful and counter-productive to profile senior members of staff of the commission operating in any part of the country and paint them with the brush of partisanship just to score political points.

“Furthermore, the commission will resist the invitation to be drawn into the debate on the propriety, correctness or otherwise of the decisions of the various election petitions tribunals and the courts as the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) have clearly and comprehensively delineated the powers and areas of jurisdiction of various institutions of our democracy. Decisions of courts and tribunals are final and the rule of law dictates that all authorities and persons give effect to them,” he said.

Okoye, who stated that the commission conducted elections to fill 1,558 positions, said that 807 post-election petitions were filed, out of which 582 were dismissed, 183 withdrawn by the petitioners and 30 petitions, representing less than two percent of the total, resulted in re-run elections.

He, therefore, urged political parties and candidates to develop the democratic spirit and assist the umpire in the conduct of free and transparent elections, while he assured Nigerians that the commission would remain focused and determined to continue with improvements in the electoral process.


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Imo: INEC office on fire (Cause unknown)


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Orlu, Orlu Local Government Council of Imo State was in flames Monday morning.

According to a source from the area, the fire was said to have started about 6 am from a nearby bush around the INEC office.

The source suggested that some farmers may have ignited the fire which became uncontrollable as a result of the harmattan.


Meanwhile, the State Public Relation Officer of INEC, Emmanuella Opara, has confirmed the incident, adding however that said she was yet to ascertain the level of damage and the remote cause.

“Yes, we can confirm that the fire actually burnt the INEC office, but we can not say for sure the level of damage and what caused it because we are yet to visit the scene,” Opara said.

Also, the state fire service director, Japhet Okereafor, who said he was aware of the incident, when contacted noted that his men could not extinguish the fire because of the non-availability of a vehicle and even a driver to drive the vehicle.

“I am aware of the fire incident but we don’t have enough vehicles and the only driver we have was not around,” Okereafor said.


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Election Re-run: Kaduna suffers apathy


The re-run election for Kaduna State House of Assembly in Sanga Local Government Area, has witnessed voter apathy, NobleReporters reports.


It would be recalled that the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KAD-SIECOM), had slated the State House of Assembly re-run election for Sanga and Kagarko local government areas’ state assembly election for Saturday.

Mr Charles Danladi, Chairman of Sanga, told media that it was normal to have voter apathy as re-run elections were not usually as exciting and hot as general elections.


“Most of the people that did not show up are those who registered here, but however, live in other places.

“People are usually reluctant to travel from far places for re-run elections; but we are hopeful the turnout would eventually improve,” Danladi said.


Danladi, who expressed satisfaction over the level of preparedness, as well as the security arrangement, urged the people to sustain the peaceful atmosphere to ensure a credible outcome of the exercise.

Also, Mr Emmanuel Jakada, All Progressives Congress (APC), Chairman in the state, said he was optimistic of a peaceful re-run, and commended the voters for the orderly manner they were conducting themselves.


Jakada, however, denied claims of alleged deployment of thugs by APC to de-stabilise the process, saying; “these are mere insinuations that do not hold water’’.

“The party has done its necessary arrangements to ensure victory at the end of the exercise God-willing,” he said.

Malam Haruna Bisallah of Gwantu 003 Polling Unit, told air that the exercise commenced a few minutes past 8: 00 a.m., and that; “there is so far, no cause for alarm’’.

N.Rs reports that the re-run election in Sanga is expected to hold in 14 wards


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