2019: EU, UK, US Demand Free and Fair Elections

Leading western democracies have come together to reiterate their commitment to the free and fair elections in 2019 inNigeria. This is part of a coterie of demands presented to the Independent National Electoral commission, INEC, Chairman, Mahmud Yakubu, when they met at INEC Office in Abuja wednesday. They insisted that INEC be independent and Neutral in carrying out their duties. The countries are representatives of the European Union, Britain and the United states. During the meeting, the representative of American Embassy, David Young, cited the neutrality of the security services…

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INEC: Amina’s Appointment sparks Outrage, PDP Plans Counter Rigging Measures

By Uche Mbah The appointment of Amina ZakarI, an INEC Director in charge of health and medicare, to head the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC collation of results have sparked off a deluge of anger among the populace, especially in the social media with many wondering at the audacity of the Commission to appoint the Niece of President Buhari to such a sensitive electoral position. During the evening of the Jonathan administration, and Attahiru Jegga, former INEC chairman, billed to retire immediately after the 2015 elections, former president Jonathan then…

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INEC Contradicts Its Chairman, Denies Diaspora IDP Voting

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has denied any intentions of voting by the Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, not resident in Nigeria, as being widely reported in the media. Reports indicate that the INEC Chairman, Mahmud Yakubu, has stated that special arrangements have been made for the voting of internally displaced persons in Chad and Niger, with the press speculating that over seven million votes are expected to be garnered by the Diaspora IDP.Social Media reactions insisted that if that is going to happen, Government must allow diaspora voting completely,…

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Jonathan Fingers Foreign Interference in Election

  By Oji Odu The recent revelation by former President Goodluck Jonathan during the launch of his book, “The Transition Hours”, that former United States of America (USA) President, Barrack Obama meddled in Nigeria’s 2015 general elections which threw him out of office speaks volumes of foreign interference in the country’s elections. Can Nigeria be free from this monster of neo-colinalism as the country counts down to the 2019 general election? In the excerpts of his new book, Jonathan said Obama’s decision to send then-US Secretary of State, John Kerry,…

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Osun Election: Royale Rumble

By Akinwale Kasali Less than 24 hours to the Osun State governorship election, the state has been beefed up with security details from all the forces. In every nooks and crannies, from Oshogbo, to Ife, Ilesha, Ila Orangun, Ede, Modakeke, Ijesha and its environs, security personnels could be seen roaming round the streets, getting prepapared for Saturday’s election which is mainly between the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Social Democratic Party, SDP, candidates. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, state Resident Electoral Commission,…

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2019 Polls: INEC Says Over 1.3m PVCs Uncollected In Lagos

By Akinwale Kasali Few months to the 2019 general polls, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, through its Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Lagos State, Sam Olumekun, said 1.38 million Permanent Voters Card, PVCs are yet to be collected. Olumekun made the disclosure in an interview recently in Lagos. “We still have about 1.38 million PVCs uncollected as we speak. Only about 15 per cent of the 2017 new registrants whose cards have been produced have come to pick their cards. It is very poor. “We have also added close to 750, 000…

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2019 Polls Budget: NASS Reject N189.2bn, Upholds N143bn

Reports reaching the magazine from the National Assembly after the closed door meeting by the NASS Committee on 2019 elections reveals that the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committees on Electoral Matters have adopted N143bn as the workable budget for the 2019 polls. The committee members, just rising from a meeting at the National Assembly, rejected the earlier version of N189.2bn, a combination of the N143bn and another N45.6bn proposed to be vired from the 2019 budget. The lawmakers said they would stick to only N143bn. Reports Later….

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INEC Budget: NASS Joint Committee In Closed Door Meeting

By Akinwale Kasali The controversy surrounding the passage of the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 general elections may soon be over, following the meeting held today by the National Assembly joint committee on INEC. The committee has begun the consideration of harmonised version of the 2019 election budget. The lawmakers went into a closed-door session after the co-Chairman, Suleiman Nazif, said the opening prayers and asked members to introduce themselves. After the introductions, a member of the committee moved a motion for the meeting…

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How Buhari Forced Saraki To Join The Presidential Race

By Stephen Ubanna President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, may have known that Bukola Saraki, a former  governor of Kwara state  and now  Senate President, has a Presidential ambition. It was therefore not surprising why  he decided to frustrate his  leadership of the Senate  from the out-set to whittle down his powers and popularity in order to force him to  drop the ambition and support his re-election bid . Buhari, according to party sources, fears that  with the rising profile of Saraki in the party and…

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Court Orders Arrest Of INEC Boss, Mahmod Yakubu

By Akinwale Kasali The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, boss, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu is presently swimming in trouble waters, as the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday insisted that the Inspector-General of Police must arrest and produce the Chairman, in court on Aug. 16. Justice Stephen Pam gave the order following the absence of Yakubu’s team of lawyers in court and there was no explanation as to why they were absent. Pam said, “At the commencement of proceedings, counsel for the applicant, Kanayo Okafor, informed the court that the Court…

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