Vote of No Confidence In INEC As Nigerians Shun Polling Booths

By Uche Mbah The Governorship and state Assembly elections has been marred by arguably the worst voter apathy ever experienced in the history of elections in the country, fueling speculations on vote of no confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. In many polling units visited by this Magazine, INEC staff and and the corp members were sleeping due to lack of voters. In some places, some people were going from house to house using bells to urge people to please come out and vote. In some units at…

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Elections: Port Harcourt Under siege, Wike Meets Foreign Diplomats

The Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, has met with Diplomats from the United States and Britain, ostensibly to intimate them about the activities of the Military in the state in the run up of the governorship elections in the state. There has been reported massive movement of troops to Rivers state. In Zamfara state, more than a hundred were killed by alleged bandits. The army has also been reported to have invaded the home of a former Niger delta warlord, Ateke Tom, who is now a traditional ruler. He was…

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Court Case: INEC Tardiness Worries Presidency

By Uche Mbah There are indications that Presidency is worried about the tardiness with which the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, handled the 2019 Presidential elections which, though the APC presidential Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, was returned, has left many loose ends untied. Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari beat his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, with about four million votes. Later the same day after the announcement of the results, Buhari received the certificate of return as the President elect. But more than a week after the…

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Court Case: APC Disowns BCO, EFCC detains Atiku’s Lawyer

By Uche Mbah Festus Keyamo, the Official spokesperson of the All Progressives congress, APC, has distanced the party from the call by the Buhari Campaign Organization, BCO, urging the International Community to call the Presidential candidate of the main opposition party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, to order by prevailing on him to jettison plans to contest the 2019 presidential elections in Court. This Magazine had reported that the Buhari Media Organization had asked EU, US and UK to intervene in prevailing on Atiku not to go to court. This was one…

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Gubernatorial Elections: PDP Writes Yakubu, Seeks Improvement on Presidential Election

By Uche Mbah The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus, has written a letter to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral commission, INEC, Mahmud Yakubu, on the forthcoming governorship election, listing INEC’s sins of omission and commission during the presidential elections. The Governorship elections are billed to take place nationwide on Saturday the 9th of March, 2019, after it was postponed by the electoral umpire. There has been complaints by the main opposition party, PDP, about the outcome of that election. Consequently, the party rejected…

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Atiku Seeks Court Order to inspect INEC Register, Buhari Calls Emergency Security Meeting

Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Atiku Abubakar

By Uche Mbah The Legal fireworks has started for the last concluded presidential election in Nigeria as the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar, files an ex parte Motion in an Abuja Appeal Court seeking access to all Documents used by the Commission in the prosecution of the election. Atiku has been under tremendous pressure not to go to court but has maintained that he must reclaim his mandate through legal means so as not to violate the peace accord that he signed with other Presidential aspirants,…

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Court Case: BCO Writes EU, US; Afenifere, Ohaneze, NCF And PANDEF Back Atiku

By Uche Mbah The Buhari Campaign Organization, BCO, has written to the International Community-specifically the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom urging them to prevail on the Presidential Candidate of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, not to go to Court over the 2019 Presidential Poll. Writing separate letters to EU, US and UK through their consulates and High Commissions in Nigeria, the group said the International Community should emulate former President Goodluck Jonathan who conceded defeat without going to Court. “We…

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INEC Declaration Of Buhari As President Elect Invalid In Law, Says Nwabueze

By Uche Mbah Erudite legal luminary and Professor of Constitutional Law, Ben Nwabueze, SAN, has picked holes in the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that PresidentMuhammadu Buhari is the President elect. INEC Chairman had on National television declared that President Buhari, having won the Highest number of votes in the election, is hereby declared the president elect. He did not talk of the 25% of two thirds of states and Abuja. But Nwabueze was said to have noted that he relied on partial fulfillment of the constitutional…

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Despite Meeting With Abubakar’s Peace Committee, Atiku May Still Go To Court

By Uche Mbah Respite may not have come to the ruling party as former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar is still poised to go to Court to challenge the victory of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Presidential Polls. Yesterday, Atiku met with Abdulsalami Abubakar, Chairman of the Peace Committee. It is under their umbrella that the Peace Accord was signed by both parties before the elections. The meeting was held in the presence of Peter Obi, his Vice Presidential Candidate; Bishop Hassan Kukkah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese;  John…

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Hoodlums Take Over Buhari’s Election Victory Celebrations, Cause Mayhem, Deaths

By Uche Mbah There appears to have been a spike in violence following the victory of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, at the February 23 polls. Buhari was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as the winner of that election. He has since been given his certificate of return. Initially, there appears to be deafening silence after the elections, such that in the social media, there were worries that the celebrations were either low keyed on nonexistent. But that soon changed. In Abuja, as…

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