PDP Alleged Plan to Stop Buhari’s Inauguration Rattles Presidency

By Uche Mbah There appears to be palpable tension in the Presidency with allegations that the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, is poised to go to Court to stop Buhari’s inauguration on May 29. It will be recalled that there was a court order preventing the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from completing the announcement of the remaining results in Bauchi State. In the already announced results, the PDP was said to be in the lead. The state Resident Electoral Commission, Ibrahim Abdullahi, had suspended the collation of the results in…

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Okorocha Not Yet A Senator

  By Oji Odu Thursday, March 14, 2019, the D-Day for the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue the Certificate of Return to winners of the March 9, 2019 Senatorial elections at the International Conference Center, Abuja at the end of the exercise, the out-going governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, whose name was earlier announced as winner of Imo West Senatorial Zone did not receive his Certificate of Return. Will the Owelle still make it as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, bearing in mind the heavy…

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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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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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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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Election: Angry, Dogara Attacks Buhari, Oshiomhole

This press briefing is to call the attention of well meaning Nigerians and the international community to the incendiary statements made by President Muhammadu Buhari, and Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the national caucus of their party, earlier today. At the meeting the President said: “Anybody who decides to snatch boxes or lead thugs to disturb the election, may be that would be the last unlawful action you would take. I have given the military and police the order to be ruthless. I…

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Presidential Election: Real Reasons It Was Postponed

By Bayo Bernard More than 2,500 local and international observers were deployed across the 36 states and 376 local governments in Nigeria in the last few days for the presidential and national assembly election that was to be held on February 16, 2019. Most of them, particularly, foreigners, have now become stranded in some remotest part of the country following the postponement of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. INEC Chairman Unexpectedly Shifts Election At exactly 2.50am, INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu announced in Abuja, the nation’s…

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Last Minute Scramble for PVCs

By Oji Odu Monday, February 11, 2019, the last of the three days  grace to those who have not collected their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) still with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to do so, many eligible voters have like in the last two days thronged  Commission’s offices throughout the nation to do so. Yet, six days to the Presidential poll many are still unable to get them. Have they been disenfranchised? Will the electoral body still do something quickly to allow them exercise their constitutional right to vote?…

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February 16: Politicians, Multinationals Jittery Over War of Words On Interim Government

By Uche Mbah The allegations and counter allegations emanating from the two major contending political parties, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, over the plan for interim government have sent jitters down the spine of the political class, with politicians and business men alike going back to the drawing board  to factor such eventuality into their political calculations. Already, many multinational blue chip companies, this Magazine learnt, are planning on skeletal services from the beginning of February until the election is over. Most expatriate workers…

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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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