The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has withdrawn 25 certificates of return issued to some candidates who partook in the 2019 general election.
Speaking at a media forum in Enugu state on Monday, Festus Okoye, INEC’s national commissioner for information and voter education, said the commission took the action based on court orders.
Okoye said 20 of the 25 certificates were withdrawn from members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and given to other APC members while two were withdrawn from members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and issued to other PDP members.
He said the other three were withdrawn from both the APC and PDP and given to other political parties.
“Before we left INEC national headquarters on Friday, the commission has withdrawn 25 certificates-of-return from the first owners to their new owners following court orders to do that,” he said.
Okoye lauded the media for its openness and “robust engagement” with the commission before, during and after the election, adding that the media had become critical stakeholders for the success of future elections.
He said the media had become the first line of reach of the masses as well as a platform for the explanation of INEC political and electoral decisions.
Okoye called on the media and its practitioners to dig deep into the electoral act to ensure that the import of the recently amended sections is made known to the public.
“The media should also center on the aspect of using Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve electoral issues especially at the party levels instead of going to the court,” Okoye said.
Kogi/Bayelsa elections: NANS strongly warns Yahaya Bello, congratulates David Lyon
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has sent a strong warning to Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi State over incidents leading to his re-election as the governor of the state.
The union leadership says they are yet to pass a vote of confidence on Bello and as such will not send any congratulatory messages to him.
The students union has, however, congratulated David Lyon of Bayelsa State, explaining that it reliably gathered that Lyon’s victory as the governor-elect of Bayelsa State was the true will of the people.
DAILY POST recalls that the duo of Bello and Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were declared winners of Saturday’s governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States respectively.
According to a statement signed and made available to DAILY POST in Abeokuta on Wednesday by NANS National Public Relations Officer, Azeez Adeyemi, the students leaders said, “His Excellency, Mr David Lyon, we pray that the good Lord will help you rule the state to the satisfaction of mankind and God for you to have an expected end.
“We, however, beg you to remember the people and most especially students in Bayelsa State, who have voted for you to help them secure a good life and a better future”
Speaking on Kogi election, Adeyemi said, “We would not take sides, but we won’t congratulate the Kogi Governor-elect as we as leaders of students and followers (students) are yet to pass a vote of confidence on the election that got Governor Yahaya Bello into office for the second term.
“But by and large you have gotten into office for the second term and it is not by your doings, but maybe destiny. To this end, it is important that we remind you that the people of Kogi state are highly expectant in this second term of your government.
“Remember that your children will definitely reap the fruit of whatever you sow in this next four years. And also see it important to pay heavy backlogs of salaries of civil servants in the state, and also invest more on human capital.
“This four years is enough to convince the people of Kogi State that truly, you will not put Gov Nasiru Elrufai to shame as you’ve promised during the grand finale of your rally, where the governor of Kaduna State knelt down on the stage to apologise on your behalf.
“Do all executively possible to change the mind of Kogi people that you are a person of good character with good intentions of moving Kogi State forward, thereby making the youth of this country proud; and not being a reason why youths will not be trusted or considered for power.
“Remember our students are schooling in your state please be a father to them, as we have prayed that in ten folds may God pay you back for all you will be doing to them in the next four years.”
Bayelsa, Kogi elections: IGP identifies ‘policemen’ who disrupted voting
The Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, has identified suspected policemen recorded while disrupting voting in Bayelsa and Kogi elections.
Adam, after the meeting of the National Security Council, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, on Tuesday, said those caught on tape were “fake” officers.
He said that all security personnel, who worked during the elections were given “special identification tags”, adding that anyone without the tags was on illegal duty.
“Before the elections, there was threats assessment of the two states and we realised that there was going to be violence in two states”, NAN quoted him as saying.
“Because, during the campaigns, we saw how the opponents were fighting themselves, so we prepared so much for that. During one of the stakeholders meeting, I went to Kogi with the chairman of INEC and I also went to Bayelsa.
“Even at the point of signing the peace accord to conduct the election without any problems, after signing a peace accord in Kogi, within the hall there was problem by the parties.
“So we knew that it was not going to be easy and so we had to prepare heavily for the elections.
“During the elections, anybody you saw either in police uniform or military uniform that does not carry the tag that has been given for the election, that person is not genuine police officer or military officer or that he was not on official duty.
“We were aware of the fact that some politicians were going to sew police and military uniforms, so we devised some other means of identifying those that were on election duty. We gave them tags,’’ he said.
On why the Police allowed violence during the elections even with security reports before the exercise, he said: “You see, it depends on the way you choose to interpret.
“We did our assessment, we knew these things will happen but what we needed to do was plan to prevent it, or if it happens, to arrest. That explains why the number of policemen we sent to those states were so massive.
“Now, when you get the information and you did your assessment and you did your plan, the bad guys are also planning, and the people we are dealing with here are politicians. So, for us to be able to distinguish the bad from the good, one of the strategies was to create a situation that will enable us to identify the good ones, genuine personnel.
“Then anyone without identification tag, is a bad guy and then we pick him. They came out as they planned but then, we made some arrests on the spot where we saw them, those that escaped through information and intelligence we also picked them.”
Kogi election: Gov Bello dedicates victory to mother, people
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has dedicated his victory in last Saturday’s governorship election to his mother and the entire people of the state.
The governor who spoke shortly after INEC officially announced him as duly returned after he beat his main rival, Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, also expressed gratitude to all those who made the victory possible for his party, the All Progressives Congress.
Governor Bello paid tribute to those who lost their lives saying that their killers would not be spared the wrath of the law of the land.
“While we sympathise with those who lost their lives during the election, I assure you that everyone who had a hand in their killings will not be spared, they will be made to face the full wrath of the law of the land,” he said.
Bello said that his mother played a vital role in his quest for the position and deserved to be so honoured.
The governor assured the people that he will never go back on his campaign promises adding that the victory will inspire him and his deputy, Edward Onoja, to do more in taking the state to the next level of development as promised during the electioneering campaign.
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