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APC Wins Daura, Zango Meeting Seats in Katsina

9:15am

The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has declared Alhaji Nasir Yahaya of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the state meeting seat to characterize Daura constituency within the Katsina home of meeting.

Dr. Abdulwahab Musa, the returning officer, who introduced the outcomes, stated Nasir Yahaya scored 31,062 votes to defeat his opponent Lawal Hussaini of PDP, who scored 8,335 votes and Maryam Maidawa of SDP, who polled solely 2 votes.

He stated the full variety of registered voters have been 85,807, whereas these accredited have been 40,822. The votes solid have been 40,781, and legitimate votes have been 39,695, whereas rejected votes have been 10,086.

In a associated growth the electoral physique additionally declared the incumbent speaker of the Katsina home of meeting, Alhaji Tasiu Musa, winner of the Zango state constituency election.

He scored 23,319 votes to win Zango LGA state constituency and secured a seat within the state home of meeting defeating Biniya Umar of PDP, who bought 12,229 votes respectively.

The Information Company of Nigeria reviews that the elections have been carried out peacefully amidst tight safety.(NAN)

 

APC Wins 2 Meeting Seats in Lagos Island

9:08AM

The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), on Sunday declared candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winners of Lagos Island Home of Meeting Constituencies 1 and a pair of in Lagos State.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN reviews that the outcomes have been declared on the INEC workplace in Lagos Island at about 3.40 a.m.

Prof. Olaniyi Okedele of the College of Lagos, the Returning Officer for the Lagos Island Home of Meeting Constituency 1, stated {that a} complete variety of 21,237 votes have been solid within the election, with 914 void votes and 20, 323 legitimate votes.

Okedele stated that 10 political events have been registered for the Lagos State Home of Meeting by the INEC for constituency 1.

He stated that Wasiu Sanni of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 18,305 votes to beat his closest rival, Oluwaseun Dosunmu of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), who scored 1,821 votes.

“Wasiu Olatunji Sanni of the APC having happy the necessities of regulation and scoring the best variety of votes, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected having polled 18,305 votes,” he stated.

Additionally, Prof Solomon Akinboye, of College of Lagos and the Returning Officer of Lagos Island Home of Meeting Constituency 2 declared Olarenwaju Afinni of APC the winner.

Akinboye stated {that a} complete of 19,121 votes have been solid with 868 votes rejected and 18,253 votes legitimate.

He stated that Olarenwaju Afinni polled 16,010 votes, adopted by Sanni Ismail of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), who scored 2,096 votes.

He stated that 9 political events have been recognised for the Lagos State Home of Meeting by the INEC for constituency 2.

The returning officer stated AAP scored 12 votes, AD scored 29, ADC scored 95, DA scored 2, MAJA scored 1, MPN scored 1, whereas SDP polled 7 votes.

Akinboye declared Mr Olarenwaju Sulaimon Afinni of the APC winner, having happy the necessities of regulation and having scored the best variety of votes. He returned Afinni elected.

“ Olarenwaju Sulaimon Afinni of the APC having happy the necessities of regulation and scoring the best variety of votes, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected having polled 16,010 votes,” Akinboye stated.(NAN)

 

Ondo Election: Corps Member Dies in Boat Mishap

James Sowole in Akure

9:05

A member of the Nationwide Youths Service Corps (NYSC) merely often called Ibrahim misplaced his life in a ship mishap within the riverine space of Ondo State.

Ibrahim from Osun State, served as one of many Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee, (INEC) advert hoc workers throughout the Home of Meeting election held on Saturday.

The boat mishap was stated to have occurred at Agadagba- Obon in Ese- Odo Native Authorities Space of Ondo State when Ibrahim and different advert hoc workers have been getting back from the place they served at Arogbo Ward 2.

“A velocity boat getting back from Arogbo ward 2 capsized on the river financial institution in Agadagba-Obon, Ese-Odo Native Authorities Space after election responsibility on Saturday.

“Two different corps members who sustained accidents are at present receiving therapy on the hospital.

“The corps member who died didn’t use life jacket as on the time of the incident and all efforts to rescue him alive didn’t succeed”, a supply stated.

 

Gombe: APC Wins Deba Constituency

9:00AM

The candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) Mohammed Sa’idu has been declared winner of Deba constituency by the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC).

Dr Mukhtar Baba, the INEC Returning Officer who introduced the lead to Deba on Sunday, stated Sa’idu scored 19,957 to defeat his closest rival Lano Salihu of the Individuals Democratic Social gathering (PDP) who scored 9,526 votes.

He stated that the election recorded 31,999 complete vote solid, 1,495 rejected votes and 30,504 complete legitimate votes.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that Deba constituency has 4 registration areas that are Deba, Kuri, Kabawa/wajari and Nono.

NAN additionally reviews that the outcome was introduced within the presence of Social gathering Agent’s and safety personnel.(NAN)

 

Meeting Ballot: Desmond Elliot Wins Surulere l Constituency Seat

8:30AM

Desmond Elliot

The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has declared Nollywood star, Desmond Elliot, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as winner of the Surulere1 state Constituency election in Lagos State.

The State Constituency Returning Officer, Dr Bolajoko Dixon-Ogbechi from the College of Lagos, made the declaration on Sunday, on the Surulere Native Authorities Collation Centre in Lagos.

She stated that Elliot emerged winner with 15,357 votes, whereas Mr Benjamin Olasunkanmi, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) got here second with 3,628 votes.

She declared: ”That Desmond Olusola Elliot of APC having happy the necessities of the regulation and scored the best variety of votes is hereby declared winner and is returned elected. ”

Based on her, Mr Shitta-Bey Oluwarotimi of Alliance for Democracy (AD) got here third with 116 votes, Mr Dawodu Oluwaseyi of Accord Social gathering got here fourth with 65 votes whereas Mr Makanjuola Olaseni of YP got here fifth with 59 votes.

Dixon-Ogbechi acknowledged that the full variety of registered voters within the constituency was 134939, accredited voters was 20340, legitimate votes – 19357 whereas the full variety of rejected votes was 973.

“The full variety of votes solid is 20330 whereas the outcomes of six items at Igbaja/ Stadium with RA quantity 06 have been cancelled. They have been cancelled as a result of problems with over voting.

” So, the full variety of votes cancelled within the affected areas have been
4091, “she stated.(NAN)

 

APC Candidate Wins of Ijebu-Ode State Constituency in Ogun

8:15AM

Mr Kemi Oduwole of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has gained the Ijebu-Ode State Constituency seat within the Ogun State Home of Meeting elections of March 9.

Declaring the outcomes of the election on Sunday in Ijebu-Ode, Dr Oluseye Onabanjo, the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee’s (INEC) Returning Officer stated Oduwole happy all necessities of the regulation.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that Oduwole, with 10,180 votes, defeated his closest rival from the Individuals’s Democratic Social gathering (PDP) Azeez Ogedengbe who polled 8,152 votes.

Former Home of Meeting Deputy Speaker, Tola Banjo of the Allied Individuals’s Motion (APM) got here third with 4,283 votes.

Oduwole can be changing incumbent, Hon. Wale Alausa, of the PDP.

“Oduwole Kemi Olaitan of the APC having happy the necessities of the regulation and scoring the best votes is hereby declared the winner and returned elected,” Onabanjo stated.

The full variety of votes solid by the voters from 11 wards in Ijebu-Ode was 27,166, variety of complete legitimate votes was 26,006 whereas 1,160 votes have been recorded as void.

The full variety of registered voters in Ijebu-Ode is 79,841. Nevertheless, solely 27,243 voters have been accredited for the polls. (NAN)

 

APC Candidates Win Somolu I, II Meeting Seats in Lagos

8:05AM

The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has declared Mr Rotimi Olowo of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of Somolu 1, Constituency within the Lagos State Home of Meeting.

Prof. Adebayo Otitoloju, the Returning Officer for the constituency, made the declaration at INEC Collation Centre in Somolu, Lagos on Sunday.

Otitoloju stated that Olowo secured 16, 007 votes to beat his closest opponent, Mr Olawale Akanni of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), who bought 2,651 votes.

Based on him, 18 political events contested for the Somolu 1 Constituency seat.

Otitoloju stated, “I Prof. Adebayo Otitoloju, hereby certify: that I’m the returning officer for the State Home of Meeting Somolu 1 Constituency election held on the ninth day of March 2019, that the election was contested.
“That Olowo Rotimi of APC having happy the necessities of the regulation and scored the best variety of votes, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.”

Additionally, on the Somolu II Constituency, Mr Abiru Rotimi of APC emerged the winner with 23,444 votes.

The Returning Officer, Dr Idowu Taiwo, stated Abiru beat Mr Babatunde Aleshinloye-Williams of the PDP who had 7,221 votes.

Taiwo stated 17 others additionally participated within the election.

He stated: “I Dr Idowu Taiwo Adebayo, hereby certify: that I’m the returning officer for the State Home of Meeting, Somolu 2 Constituency election held on the ninth day of March 2019, that the election was contested.

“That Abiru Rotimi Lateef of APC having happy the necessities of the regulation, has scored the best variety of votes, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.” (NAN)

 

09-03-2019

 

Observers, Nwodo, Nwobodo, Cleric Hail Peaceable Election in Enugu

9:45PM

A coalition of Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) – accredited overseas and native observers, and notable leaders in Enugu State have counseled the profitable conduct of Saturday’s governorship and Home of Meeting elections within the state, describing the train as “peaceable, free and honest”.

This got here as outcomes trickling in from polling items throughout Enugu State point out the state governor and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and Home of Meeting candidates of the social gathering are coasting to victory because the PDP leads with broad margins.

Gov. Ugwuanyi who voted at precisely 9:35am, after trekking from his residence to the polling unit, stated that “in all we do in Enugu State, we give God due glory, honour and adoration and by the particular grace of God this election will finish in reward”

Talking on behalf of the observers, shortly after Gov. Ugwuanyi solid his vote at his Amube Ward II Polling Unit, a overseas observer from Nigerians in Diaspora Group (NIDO), Rotarian Titus A. Alagba, acknowledged that the election was in conformity with the INEC guidelines and rules, and thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi for “offering the peaceable environment for this free and honest election”.

Additionally talking, the President-Normal of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who spoke to journalists after voting at his polling unit in Ukehe Ward I, disclsoded that the election “was very peaceable, very orderly and it typifies the peaceable character of our state.”

The previous governor of previous Anambra State and chieftain of the PDP, Senator Jim Nwobodo, added that the train “has been peaceable”. Senator Nwobodo expressed optimism that “PDP will win with a landslide in Enugu State”, saying: “After the results of the final election. For those who can see there isn’t a different social gathering right here. It’s simply PDP all via”.

Applauding Gov. Ugwuanyi for the peaceable environment within the state, the elder statesman, who was accompanied to his polling unit by his spouse, Pat, stated: “This governor is a person of peace and since he’s a person of peace, there may be peace in all places on this election. So, I feel it is going to finish in reward”.

On his half, the Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, (Anglican Communion) Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, counseled Gov. Ugwuanyi, INEC and the safety businesses for the peaceable conduct of the train, sustaining it was “orderly, very a lot peaceable, free and honest”.

The cleric equally lauded Gov. Ugwuanyi “for the best way he has been capable of maintain Enugu State peacefully with out discrimination, no social gathering in Enugu will say that most likely the ruling social gathering has suppressed them in any respect”.

Based on him, “it’s a matter of all people figuring out that Enugu State is a spot the governor has given everybody critical taking part in floor to play politics”.

Home of Reps Member, PDP Supporter Killed in Ibadan

Temitope Olatoye

9:30

Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan

The governorship and Home of Meeting elections has recorded casualities as a serving lawmaker within the Home of Representatives, Hon. Temitope Olatoye (a.ok.a. Sugar), died on Saturday night on the Intensive Care Unit of the College Faculty Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, following bullet wounds he suffered within the head by suspected political thugs in Lalupon space, in Ibadan metropolis, Oyo state.

Additionally, a boy stated to be supporter of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering, was shot by a police officer and finally died.

The information of the assault on the lawmaker unfold inside minutes, with some insinuating that he was useless instantly, due to the magnitude of the gun shot wounds.

He was hurriedly wrapped from the assault spot by supporters and brought to the Accident and Emergency ward of the College Faculty Hospital the place docs on responsibility moments after, moved him to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.

The UCH public relations officer, Mr. Toye Akinrinlola, whereas talking on the event, stated the lawmaker was moved to the the intensive care, the place docs have been battling to save lots of his life.

THISDAY nevertheless gathered that he finally gave up the ghost round 7:45pm.

A detailed aide of the lawmaker (names withheld), accused some suspected political thugs of a rival politician within the constituency of being answerable for the assault.

Olatoye, who gained the 2015 election beneath the platform of the All Progressives Congress, misplaced reelection two weeks in the past beneath the platform of the Motion Democratic Social gathering and vowed by no means to return to the APC, however the overtures reportedly made to him by a former governor of the state, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, to affix him in aligning with the APC candidate, Chief Adebayo Adelabu.

Earlier than his dying, he was representing Lagelu/Akinyele federal constituency. Olatoye had in 2011 gained an election into the state Home of Meeting on the platform of the Accord earlier than he later defected to the then Motion Congress of Nigeria.

He was stated to be coming from his village the place he had gone to train his franchise, when the assailant ambushed him.

Two hours earlier, a supporter of the PDP, merely recognized as Mudasiru, was shot useless by a police officer in Ile titun space of Ibadan South East native authorities space.

THISDAY learnt that Mudasiru, in his late 20s, was stated to be jubilating over the victory of his social gathering, when a set off blissful officer fired shot which hit the poor boy from the again and ruptured his gut.

Eyewitness on the scene stated he was rapidly rushed to Chief Kehinde Ege’s home in Ita Ege, for extraction of the bullets, stating that Ege was nearly getting the bullet out however that the boy gave up the ghost having misplaced an excessive amount of blood.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Lawrence Fadeyi, who confirmed each incidents begged for extra time, inside which the police, would make its complete findings accessible.

He stated, “Sure, each incidents are true however kindly give us extra time, to provide you with an in depth evaluation of what actually occurred.”

Disaster: Ondo Imposes Curfew on Oba Akoko

8:40PM

Olurotimi Akeredolu

James Sowole in Akure

Sequel to the breakdown of regulation and order, which led to the killing of two individuals and destruction of property, Ondo State Authorities on Saturday declared curfew on Oba Akoko, a city in Akoko South West Native Authorities space of the state.

The declaration of curfew was contained in an announcement signed by the Chief of Workers to the Governor, Mr Olugbenga Ale.

There was commotion within the city on Saturday, when suspected political thugs attacked Election Collation Centre for Akoko South West Constituency II, which led to the trade of gunfire between safety brokers and the thugs.

The scenario shut down the neighborhood whereas about 20 suspects have been arrested by safety brokers.

Based on Ale, all residents and residents of the city are to remain indoor till additional discover.

The assertion reads: “In view of the huge disruption of the electoral course of in Oba Akoko, Akoko South West Native Authorities , resulting in indiscriminate and prison taking pictures, wanton destruction of poll packing containers, properties, automobiles, houses and the overall peace of residents and Oba Akoko, the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN has ordered a complete proscription of all human and vehicular motion within the city.

“All residents and commuters via Oba Akoko are to remain indoor.

All roads inside the city are closed down with rapid impact, all business actions are are shut down with rapid impact.

“All human beings are to stay indoors till additional discover.

“Regulation enforcement businesses have been ordered to arrest anyone seen on the streets and different unauthorised areas.

“Any try to check the need of safety businesses shall be handled decisively.

“All residents of Oba Akoko are to obey this instruction till additional discover”.

The assertion warned all residents of the city to stick strictly to the order and stay indoor till additional discover.

Fayose Loses Unit, Ward to APC

Ayo Fayose

8:10PM

Former Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state on Saturday did not ship his polling unit and ward in his hometown Afao Ekiti in Irepodun Ifelodun native authorities space of the state to the Peoples Democratic Social gathering.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) swept the ward within the Home of Meeting election.

At Fayose’s unit at St David’s Main Faculty , the APC candidate in Irepodun/Ifelodun constituency (2), Alhaji Hakeem Jamiu, polled 168 votes to defeat the Peoples Democratic Social gathering’s candidate, Sunday Omosilade, who bought 26 votes.

The Information Company of Nigeria, (NAN) reviews that Omosilade, who was Fayose’s private assistant, had in a letter to the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee, signified his intention to withdraw from the race.

He cited a insecurity within the neutrality of INEC to conduct free and honest election.

His withdrawal was rejected by INEC which claimed that Omosilade stays the candidate of the PDP for the constituency. INEC stated he ought to have withdrawn from the race at the least, 45 days earlier than the ballot, as allowed beneath the Electoral Act.

Additionally at items 15 and 003, Igbemo ward, Jamiu recorded 171 and 335 votes respectively , whereas PDP polled Zero within the two items.

The previous governor additionally misplaced in his Afao/Araromi ward , as APC scored 648 whereas the PDP bought 67 votes.(NAN)

Two Feared Killed, Autos, Beer Depot Vandalised as Thugs Assault Collation Centre in Ondo

8:05PM

James Sowole in Akure

Two individuals have been feared killed and one other one critically injured Saturday when political thugs engaged safety males in gun duel at Oba Akoko in Akoko South West Native Authorities space of Ondo State.

Sequel to the disturbance, three automobiles, together with police van have been vandalised by thugs simply as a significant beer depot was razed by irate youths.

A supply stated the disaster began when suspected thugs got here to assault the collation centre for Akoko South West Constituency II.

Based on the supply, the thugs introduced their arrival on the collation centre situated inside a major faculty with sporadic gun photographs.

Safety males together with troopers have been stated to have repelled the attackers whereas officers of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) lay down as a security measure.

The safety males have been stated to have pursued the thugs into the city throughout which two of them have been feared killed and one other one critically injured.

The scenario was stated to have led to the lock down of the Ikare- Oba Akoko Street for a number of hours as safety males mounted toad blocks to arrest the attackers.

Nevertheless, INEC officers stated voting supplies have been intact as safety males repelled the attackers.

It was gathered that at least 20 individuals had been arrested sequel to the disaster.

Commenting on the matter, the Police Space Commander for Ikare Akoko ACP Razak Rauf throughout the evaluation of the scenario described vandalisation of police property as barbaric.

Equally, a supply stated poll field was additionally snatched at Araromi space of Agbaluku Arigidi in Akoko North West space, which led to the disruption election on the polling unit.

The disruption additionally led to the vandalisation of a car belonging to a well-liked chief of the city by hoodlums.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Ondo State, Mr Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident.

Bandits Abduct 10 INEC Workers, Kill NSCDC, Police Officers, Disrupt Ballot in Katsina LGs

8:00PM

Francis Sardauna in Katsina

No fewer than 10 advert hoc workers of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) have been kidnapped in Danmusa Native Authorities Space of Katsina State throughout the Saturday’s governorship and state Meeting elections.

THISDAY additionally gathered {that a} Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officer and police officer have been killed throughout the assault.

Though the state Commissioner of Police Sanusi Buba is but to answer inquiries concerning the incident as of press time, the INEC Commissioner Jibril Ibrahim Zarewa stated he’ll tackle journalists on the incidence by 7: 30 p.m. Saturday.

A dependable supply on the state INEC workplace, who confirmed the event to THISDAY, stated: “20 of our workers have been kidnapped in Danmusa throughout the election however 10 regained freedom. We additionally misplaced an NSCDC officer in Kankara.”

Equally, reviews from Danmusa Native Authorities indicated that gunmen numbering about 50 stormed polling items within the space and kidnapped many residents within the space, forcing the INEC workers to scamper for security.

A supply within the space stated that gunmen attacked completely different polling items within the native authorities, including that: “A police officer was killed throughout the assault.”

This growth has generated panic amongst voters in Danmusa and Kankara Native Governments, which many sources within the areas stated affected the governorship and state Meeting elections.

Danmusa and Kankara are among the many 9 frontline native authorities areas in Katsina, which shared border with Kaduna and Zamfara States.

The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC, Jibril Ibrahim Zarewa, lately confirmed that the problem of insecurity in some elements of the state has escalated because of “spill-over” of the happenings in neighbouring Kaduna and Zamfara States.

“In all, now we have issues in 9 LGAs particularly, Jibia, Batsari, Kurfi, Safana, Kankara, Faskari, Dandume, Danmusa, and Sabuwa. The predominant issues are kidnapping, cattle rustling and theft.

“The wards and variety of polling items affected have been recognized. Elections required peaceable and tranquil environment. A concrete strategy has due to this fact, grow to be obligatory so as to guarantee peaceable and hitch-free election, and we consider that the safety businesses are on prime of the scenario,” Zarewa had stated.

In the meantime, as of the time of submitting this report, Zarewa and prime safety officers have been on the Katsina Federal Medical Centre (FMC) to obtain the corpse of the slain NSCDC officer.

Buhari Delivers Unit to APC Candidates

7:25PM

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday delivered his polling unit 003, Kofar Baru III (A and B) Daura, Katsina State, to the All Progressives Congress (NAN) governorship candidate for the state, Aminu Masari, with 370 votes.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), Lado Danmarke, scored 33 votes to return second on the polling unit.

The results of the State Home Meeting on the unit indicated that the APC candidate for the Daura constituency, Nasir Yahaya, bought 336 as in opposition to 40 votes scored by Lawal Husseini, the PDP candidate.

NAN reviews that the governorship and state home of meeting elections recorded low turnout of voters when in comparison with the presidential and nationwide meeting elections held on Feb. 23.

President Buhari scored 523 votes whereas his essential challenger, Atiku Abubakar of PDP, bought three votes and Accord Social gathering scored 4 votes on the similar polling unit 003 throughout the presidential election on Feb. 23.(NAN)

APM Wins Amosun, Obasanjo’s Polling Models

Ibikunle Amosun

7:00PM

Femi Ogbonnikan in Abeokuta

Ogun state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has delivered his polling unit to the Allied Peoples’ Motion (APM).

Within the governorship election held at Polling unit 8, Ward 6, Ita-Gbangba, in Abeokuta South Native Authorities Space of the state, on Saturday, the APM scored 70 votes, whereas the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Dapo Abiodun, polled 31. The Governorship Candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Prince Gboyega Isiaka, who got here third, had 14 votes.

Additionally, within the governorship election held at Polling unit 22, Ward 11, Olusomi Compound, Totoro, Sokori, in Abeokuta North Native Authorities Space in Abeokuta, the place former President Olusegun Obasanjo casts his votes, the governorship candidate of the APM scored 72 votes, whereas the APC candidates who got here second, polled 54 votes. The ADC candidate bought 36 votes.

Adamawa Gov Loses Govt. Home Polling Unit

Gov. Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa has misplaced the state Authorities Home polling items 012 and 09 to opposition Peoples Democratic Social gathering Candidate, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri.

Saying the results of polling unit 09 on Saturday in Yola, Mrs Sumayya Aliyu, INEC Presiding Officer stated Fintiri scored 167 votes in opposition to Bindow’s 108 votes.

Additionally, Ms Yemi Adetiba Presiding Officer at polling unit 012, introduced that Fintiri garnered 136 votes in opposition to Bindow’s 81.(NAN)

Saraki, Lai Mohammed, Abdulrazaq Win Polling Models

By Hammed Shittu in Ilorin

The outcomes of the Saturday’s polls in Kwara state have popping out within the state with Senate President Bukola Saraki delivering all of the three polling items at his Ode-Opobiyi polling unit in Ajikobi ward in Ilorin West native authorities council space of the state to PDP.

They’re as follows: PU 005- Governorship PDP 157, APC 21, Home of Meeting- PDP 151, APC 21; PU005 Governorship PDP 179, APC 51, Home of Meeting, PDP 179, APC 48; PU 006 Governorship, PDP 253, APC 125, Home of Meeting, PDP 257, APC 118; and PU 021 Governorship, PDP 202, APC 45, Home of Meeting, PDP 202, APC 45.

Additionally, the minister of Info and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, delivered his polling unit to APC in Oro city in Irepodun native authorities council space of the state. At polling unit 006, Oro Ward 2, Governorship -APC 198, PDP 039. Home of Meeting – APC 186, PDP 048.

The APC governorship candidate, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, delivered his polling unit to APC with a landslide

At his Idigba polling unit, 004 Adewole ward, in Ilorin West native authorities council space of the state, APC polled 592 votes as in opposition to PDP’s 80.

The APC additionally gained the Home of Meeting election with 573 votes as in opposition to PDP’s 80.

Extra outcomes later….

PDP Defeats APC at Deputy Gov’s Polling Unit in Kano

(6:30 PM)

By Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano

The Peoples Democratic Social gathering’s (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Kano, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has defeated the incumbent governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of All Progressives Congress (APC), on the Magwan polling unit the place the deputy governor solid his vote.

PDP defeated APC with 210 to 197 votes within the three polling items situated on the Magwan polling station.

The deputy governor’s polling unit outcome with code 056 recorded 76 to 73 in favour of PDP.

The breakdown of the votes solid have been 76 to 73, 63 to 48 and 71 to 76 for PDP and APC respectively.

Additionally, the APC senator-elect to characterize Kano Central Senatorial District, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, throughout the February 23 common election, has misplaced to the PDP at his Giginyu ward in Nassarawa Native Authorities Space of the state.

Within the governorship election, his social gathering, APC, bought 91 votes, PDP bought 143 and PRP bought 13 at PU 022.

Equally, within the state Home of Meeting election, APC bought 97, PDP bought 126, whereas PRP bought 15.

Election: Seven Killed in Rivers

(6:23 PM)

Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

No fewer than seven folks have been feared killed in Rivers State Saturday as low voter turnout marred elections within the state.

That is as Governor Nyesom Wike stated he was positive of victory on the polls regardless of makes an attempt to govern the elections.

One Michael Abedinigo, who hails from Upatabo neighborhood, was killed in Akinima, Ahoada West Native Authorities Space of the state.

He was stated to have been shot by thugs whereas resisting makes an attempt to grab electoral supplies.

In Luawii, Khana Native Authorities Space, 4 individuals have been killed within the early hours of Saturday. Nevertheless, sources stated the victims misplaced their lives in an inter-cult rivalry.

Additionally, the Particular Adviser to Governor Wike on Gender Issues and former Chairman of Andoni Native Authorities Council, Mrs. Emilia Nte, was feared useless when she was shot at and kidnapped from her residence city, Unyeada, on Friday evening.

A riot police officer connected to Ward 6 at Unyeada in Andoni LGA was additionally shot on Friday evening. He was stated to have been rushed to an undisclosed clinic in Bori the place he later died.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nnamdi Omoni, nevertheless solely confirmed the dying of Abedinigo in Akinima.

Omoni informed THISDAY: “I can solely affirm the dying at Akanima this morning, regardless that I’m but to get the main points of the dying.”

On the opposite deaths, he stated he was but to be briefed and would affirm if he will get such reviews.

However regardless of the casualties, elections within the state was comparatively peaceable in comparison with the violence that characterised the state throughout the Presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections.

Elections in Abonnema in Akuku-Toru Native Authorities Space in addition to in Bonny and Okrika areas the place massive scale violence led to the suspension of elections throughout the Presidential and Nationwide Meeting election held peacefully.

Nevertheless, there have been reviews of poll field snatching by politicians aided by armed males in navy uniform.

Certainly at Elele in Ikwerre Native Authorities Space, one politician was stated to be going around the polling items with two Hilux vans and navy males disrupting elections.

At Omerita Unit 3, Ward 5, Elele, navy males in two Hilux vans have been about carting away supplies at about 1pm once they sighted journalists approaching. They rapidly entered their automobiles and fled.

At Ward 5 Okomoko in Etche Native Authorities Space, a former member of Home of Representatives and chieftain of the APC, Ogbonna Nwuke, was accused of carting away supplies with assistance from armed males in navy uniform.

However when contacted for his response, Nwuke stated: “It isn’t true. Fairly, there have been disagreements in Ward 6 in Etche Native Authorities Space by youths from either side who have been within the temper to hijack election supplies.

“I’m conscious the troopers got here to scale back the stress. However the difficulty is that at a time like this, many individuals select to place blame on safety brokers who’re there to take care of regulation and order.”

In the meantime, Governor Wike has stated he’s positive of victory regardless of the makes an attempt to govern the election in some native authorities areas.

Addressing journalists shortly after voting together with his spouse, Suzzette, at Unit 7, Ward 9, Rumueprikom in Obio/Akpor Native Authorities Space, Wike declared that he was assured of victory.

Commenting on the irregularities, Wike stated: “We hope that it’ll proceed to be like this. Typically, the voting goes on easily, however the primary factor is on the collation centres.

“For now, we’re happy and assured that we’ll win this election very nicely. We aren’t afraid. We don’t know what number of native authorities areas they’ll manipulate.

“However with reviews we’re getting, regardless that they’re attempting to be humorous, we will win.”

The governor famous that the turnout throughout the election was affected by the unlawful actions of the navy.

“The way in which the navy acted discouraged folks from turning up. The position of the navy is to offer safety. However it’s unlucky that they straight take part. Police haven’t any position within the elections. The navy seems to have taken over police duties.”

Guber Ballot: Masari Accusses Opposition of Vote Shopping for

Francis Sardauna in Katsina

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, has accused the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) of vote shopping for throughout the governorship and state Meeting election within the state.

Masari couldn’t disclose the polling items the place the state of affairs occurred, however stated he had reported the event to safety businesses within the state for immediate intervention.

Nevertheless, the PDP had refuted the allegation, including that it’s the ruling social gathering within the state that inroduced vote shopping for at each state and nationwide ranges.

Addressing journalists at his hometown, Masari, in Kafur Native Authorities Space of the state, the governor stated the primary opposition social gathering, which has been accusing APC of vote shopping for, allowed its supporters to hold out the electoral offence in some elements of the state.

“Those that are accusing folks of shopping for votes are those shopping for votes in polling stations. Even right here in Kafur, now we have recorded two or three locations the place they’re attempting to purchase votes.

“We in APC, we don’t purchase votes. We now have report in two polling items in my native authorities and another native governments within the state,” he stated.

The governor stated that he couldn’t use the peaceable and orderly conduct of the elections at his polling sales space to conclude that the election within the state has been free, credible and honest.

He nevertheless applauded the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), which he stated has improved on the effectiveness of the cardboard readers, in comparison with the final Presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections.

Based on him, “To date there isn’t a report of card readers’ failure, however I don’t have 100 per cent of the reviews, most likely in another areas particularly these frontline native governments something can occur.”

Requested if he would concede defeat if he loses, the Katsina State governor stated: “The results of the election won’t be in opposition to me.”

Reacting to the allegation of vote shopping for made by the governor in a phone interview, the state Chairman and deputy governorship candidate of PDP, Salisu Yusuf Magijiri, debunked the declare, saying PDP remained the one credible political social gathering in Nigeria.

He stated: “It’s APC authorities that launched vote shopping for. In the course of the PDP administration, we don’t know something referred to as vote shopping for. It’s the social gathering in authorities that has the sources to purchase votes from the lots not folks in opposition. He’s half and parcel of those who launched vote shopping for.”

Jubilation as Atiku Wins Polling Unit

There was wild jubilation as former Vice President and Presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar, delivered his polling unit, Ajiya 02, in Gwadabawa Ward, Yola North Native Authorities of Adamawa.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) recollects that Atiku misplaced the unit to President Buhari throughout the presidential election by scoring 167 to Buhari’s 186.

The results of as we speak’s governorship election introduced by the Returning Officer, Dorathy Inaku, indicated that PDP scored 161 votes, whereas APC bought 99 votes.

For the Home of Meeting election on the unit, PDP bought 207 votes, whereas APC scored 76 votes.

Atiku and PDP supporters who trooped to the unit went wild in celebration after the announcement shouting “Atikulation! Atikulation!!”

“Final time it was APC and as we speak is our flip,” stated a contented PDP supporter who recognized himself as Bello Abubakar.

In one other growth, the gubernatorial candidate of Africa Democratic Congress (ADC), Sen. Abdul-Aziz Nyako, has misplaced in his unit 014 of Gwadabawa Ward the place he bought 78 votes as in opposition to PDP’s 123 and APC’s 63 votes. (NAN)

Kwara APC Governorship Candidate Expresses Fear over Violence

Mr Abdulrahman Abdurasaq, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Kwara, has expressed worries over alleged violence and vote shopping for throughout Saturday’s Governorship and State Home of Meeting elections within the state.

Abdulrasaq spoke with newsmen after casting his vote at Idigba, Ilorin.

He alleged that voters prepared to solid their vote for APC have been chased away.

He alleged that there was large vote shopping for and menace of violence within the state, including that a number of the APC supporters have been injured.

Abdurasaq counseled safety businesses, however decried their incapability to curtail the ugly incidents.

Abdulrasaq stated that the turnout was abysmally low in comparison with the turnout recorded on Feb. 23 Presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections, including that such must be addressed to forestall reoccurrence.

He counseled the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) for the development recorded in comparison with the Feb. 23 elections, including that the electoral umpire might all the time do higher within the nearest future. (NAN)

Stray Bullet Kills Man in Enugu


By Christopher Isiguzo and Gideon Arinze in Enugu

A middle-aged man, Sunday Odoh, from Igogoro in Enugu Ezike, Igboeze North council of Enugu State has been confirmed useless after he was shot on the Umuida Nation residence of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Ayogu Eze.

The deceased is alleged to be the youthful brother to Okwui Odoh, the Home of Meeting candidate of the APC within the space.

Based on a watch witness report, the younger man who was among the many multitude of people that had gathered on the Umuida nation residence of the APC candidate to protest in opposition to the candidate’s exclusion from the election , was killed by a stray bullet.

Supporters of the APC had gathered of their numbers at Eze’s residence and refused to go to the polling items insisting that the identify of their candidate was not included on the web site of INEC.

One of many eye witnesses who didn’t need his identify talked about stated {that a} policeman who was attempting to forestall an ensuing melee fired a shot on the younger man.

The policeman was stated to have shot into the sky in order to scare the folks away however Odoh was hit by the bullet.

The sufferer was reportedly taken to St. Mary’s Hospital within the space however was later referred to a different hospital the place he was confirmed useless.

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO within the state, Ebere Amarizu, confirmed the killing and stated that investigations had commenced.

“We now have commenced investigation into the alleged incident of killing at Ayogu Eze’s residence at Igbo Eze North LGA” Amarizu stated.

Kaduna Gov Wins Polling Unit

(5:12pm)
By John Shiklam in KadunaGovernor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State and candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has gained his polling unit 024 in

Runka/MarnonaAnguwan Sarki, Kaduna North Native Authorities Space.

He polled 367 votes, whereas Isa Ashiru, candidate of the  Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), scored  59 votes.

The outcome was introduced by the INEC Presiding Officer Abdullahi Hamza Sadiq.

Kaduna Deputy Gov Delivers Polling Unit

(4:56PM)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has gained the governorship and State Meeting elections on the Polling Unit of the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Mr Barnabas Bantex.

Counting on the Polling Unit, Randiam Ninyo Allah 009, Manchok Registration Space, Kaura Native Authorities Space of Kaduna State was concluded round 3:00p.m.

The Presiding Officer, Mr Sufiyanu Ahmed, who introduced the outcomes, on the Polling Unit on Saturday stated the APC governorship candidate, Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i, bought 143 votes, whereas Isa Ashiru of Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) secured 85 votes.

Within the State Meeting election, the presiding officer, introduced that the APC had 137 votes, whereas PDP bought 83 votes. (NAN)


Ladoja Delivers Polling Unit for PDP

(4:47 PM)

Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan

Former governor of Oyo state and chief of the coalition in opposition to the ruling APC, Senator Rasheed Ladoja, has gained his unit for the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP). The gubernatorial outcome confirmed PDP garnering 180 to APC’s 34, in ward, unit 13 of Ibadan North native authorities.

Additionally, Chief Sharafadeen Alli, who was the gubernatorial candidate of the Zenith Labour Social gathering (ZLP), however stepped down for the governorship candidate of the PDP, Mr. Seyi Makinde, delivered his polling unit.

In Alli’s household home, Biro compound, Oke Aremo, Ward 3, unit 022, PDP bought 126 to APC’s 32.

Bauchi Governor Loses Polling Unit to PDP

(4:42PM)

Counting of votes has commenced in polling items in Bauchi, producing its first shocker as incumbent governor Muhammed Abubakar of APC misplaced his polling unit to Bala Mohammed of PDP.

Saying the result of the election within the governor’ s Gindin Durumi polling unit of Bauchi metropolis, Presiding Officer, Mr Chinedu Onora, stated the governor polled 288 votes whereas the PDP candidate garnered 358 votes, a distinction of 70 votes.

Onuora put the full variety of invalid votes at 59.

There was wild jubilation by voters on the unit after the announcement of the outcome. (NAN)

Counting of Votes Begins in Karimo, FCT

(4:24Pm)

The sorting and counting of votes have started in some polling items in Karimo, a suburb of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) after the completion of voting.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that voting ended between 2.45 p. m. and three.00 p.m. in a number of the polling items.

Within the Emir’s Palace, Karimo polling items 1 to five, voting ended round 2.45 p.m.

Mr Emmanuel Jocob, the agent of the Individuals Democratic Social gathering (PDP) expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the election within the unit.

Based on him, the INEC officers did nicely, including that the method was peaceable and orderly.

“Some residents aren’t voting as a result of they stated it’s not there states of origin.

“That’s the reason the turnout could be very very poor,” he stated.

Additionally at polling unit 12 and 16 voting ended at 3:00pm, after which electoral officers instantly commenced finding out unused poll papers.

Social gathering brokers and observers have been directed to standby as sorting and counting of votes begun. (NAN)
Oyo PDP Guber Candidate, Makinde, Wins Polling Unit

Mr Seyi Makinde, Oyo governorship candidate of the Individuals’s Democratic Social gathering (PDP), has gained his polling unit 01, Ward 11, in Ibadan North East Native Authorities Space with 165 votes, whereas his shut rival, Adebayo Adelabu scored 71 votes.

Saying the outcomes, Mr Nnamdi Emmanuel, the Presiding Officer for the polling unit, stated that ADC candidate, Femi Lanlehin, got here third with 02 votes

For the Home of Meeting outcomes from the Polling unit, PDP additionally gained with 142 votes, whereas APC candidate scored 70 votes, and ADC 07 votes.

Whole registered voters within the PU is 705, however solely 241 voted after they have been accredited.

There was no case of void votes recorded within the governorship election, whereas 04 votes have been voided within the Meeting votes. (NAN)

Ajimobi Loses Polling Unit to PDP

(4:13 PM)

Kemi Olaitan, Ibadan

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, misplaced his polling unit 20 ward 11 in Saturday’s governorship election.

Within the outcome introduced on the polling unit, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) scored 112 votes whereas the opposition Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) polled 145 votes.

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Card Reader: INEC is Persistently Unprepared, Says Obi

By David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

The vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) within the simply concluded presidential election, Mr. Peter Obi, has decried what he referred to as the “persistent lack of preparedness” on the a part of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC).

Obi expressed his frustration as he was unable to vote at 9am resulting from a defective card reader at his Umumasiaku polling unit, Amatutu, Agulu.

Although he later solid his vote at 12 midday, Obi informed journalists that the cardboard reader was the identical throughout the presidential election, when card readers didn’t work in lots of locations, which INEC acknowledged and promised to right.

“It’s a disgrace that the identical drawback repeated itself on grander scale as we speak, with information of defective card readers everywhere in the state. This has raised the problem of whether or not the issues are real or contrived for different functions,” he stated.

Obi stated that banks used several types of playing cards together with ATM playing cards with micro chip processors and so they work very nicely.

He puzzled Why INEC playing cards mustn’t work resulting from persistent card reader issues.

The previous governor stated he was not so eager on who wins the Home of Meeting positions in Anambra State.

“I’m not a lot involved in who wins the state Meeting election as it’s household enterprise. My place is that the most effective candidates ought to win so as to deliver democratic dividends to the folks of the State,” he stated.

Sounding fearful, Obi stated it was a disgrace that on this age and time, when different nations are speaking about digital voting and lowering electoral malpractices to the minimal, in Nigeria, as witnessed within the on-going voting, the story of rigging and varied electoral malpractices are the order of the day.

He stated that if Nigeria didn’t get it proper, it could stay an issue for the nation now and in future.

Bandits Kidnap INEC Presiding Officer in Sokoto

By Onuminya Harmless Sokoto

A presiding officer of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) within the governorship and state Home of Meeting elections has been kidnapped in Sokoto State.

Talking with journalists in Sokoto on Saturday, the Secretary, Caretaker Committee of Isa Native Authorities, Hon. Muhammad Makwashe, stated the presiding officer was kidnapped on his strategy to his polling unit the place he was anticipated to officiate within the ongoing election.

Makwashe added that once they referred to as the officer’s line, one of many bandits answered the cellphone, confirming that he has been kidnapped.

“Yesterday, 4 folks together with two policemen have been killed by bandits whereas a number of others have been kidnapped on their approach from Sokoto to Isa alongside Dangwadi village in Gebe district,” he stated.

Sanwo-Olu Wins Polling Unit

(3:50 PM)

Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governorsh

ip candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has gained his polling unit within the Lagos State governorship election.

Sanwo-Olu emerged victorious on the election monitored on the Femi Okunnu Polling Unit 019, Ward 9, Lateef Jakande, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Based on the outcomes introduced by the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) Presiding Officer, Miss Nora Akupo, Sanwo-Olu bought 124 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) who polled 26 votes.

Amongst different candidates who participated within the election, the Motion Democratic Congress (ADC) bought two votes and the Younger Progressive Social gathering (YPP) bought one vote.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that complete variety of accredited voters have been 157, whereas 4 votes have been voided. (NAN)

Agbaje Votes, Laments Low Turnout of Voters

( 3:42 PM)

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) in Lagos, Mr Jimi Agbaje, on Saturday expressed concern over the low turnout of voters within the gubernatorial and state home of meeting elections within the state.

Talking with newsmen after voting at Polling unit 004, Ward A in Apapa, Agbaje stated the event was not good for democracy.

Based on him, democracy is all about participation and that polls outcomes would higher replicate the want of the folks with excessive turnout.

Agbaje stated residents didn’t prove of their numbers owing to safety fears.

The PDP governorship candidate stated that the Feb. 23 elections was characterised by violence in some elements of the state, therefore voters didn’t need to expertise similar.

Agbaje added that the issue was resulting from poor perception within the electoral course of by the voters.

“The low turnout ought to concern those that need to advance the reason for democracy.

“Residents must be a part of the democratic course of. They need to need their voice and votes to rely.

“So, while you don’t have an excellent turnout, there are numerous components that might account for it.

“It may very well be because of what occurred within the final election in phrases thuggery, violence, ballot-snatching, that might have affected….

“However there are deeper points. If folks don’t consider within the course of, then they ask themselves, “Why trouble?”

“So it’s a hen and egg scenario, we simply should proceed to attraction to them to proceed to train their civic accountability,” he stated.

Agbaje, who stated that the cardboard reader recognized his fingerprints this time round, alleged that the machine nonetheless malfunctioned in some polling items.

He stated a scenario the place some folks have been accredited manually whereas others have been made to make use of card readers was not good for the credibility of the polls.

The candidate stated he was however optimistic of victory within the election if it was free and honest on the finish of the day.

“I’ve no doubts about that (victory), if we wouldn’t have violence, harassment, and ballot-snatching and the type of intimidation that we had final time.

“As soon as that’s there, the quantity is on our aspect. We now have no trigger to worry,” he stated.

Additionally a standard ruler in Orita Akinogun, Alimosho, Lagos, Chief Martins Oladega, lamented the low turnout of voters within the space.

Oladega informed NAN that the turnout was not spectacular at polling items 047, 048 and 049 in Alimosho space.

“Individuals refused to return out as we speak for his or her civic accountability; throughout the first election by this time we skilled massive turnout of individuals.

“I can keep in mind that it was folks ready for INEC officers throughout the presidential election.

“You may see that every thing is occurring nicely and easily as a result of the election officers arrived very early and there’s no defective card readers.

“Individuals ought to know that their votes will decide what we’ll expertise within the subsequent 4 years.

“Staying again at residence won’t add any benefit to us or enhance our authorities,” Oladega stated.

He stated that he seen some social gathering brokers have been going to homes and begging folks to return out and vote.

Additionally talking, a 74-year previous voter, Mr Babatunde Adegbenle, stated that he was impressed with INEC officers for coming and beginning accreditation and voting on time.

“I got here out at 7.00 a.m. and up until now, there isn’t a hint of individuals coming.

“Individuals nonetheless must be sensitised on significance of voting throughout elections as a result of most individuals aren’t conscious it’s their proper,” he stated.

In the meantime, some voters and social gathering brokers in Lagos Island additionally complained about low turnout of voters throughout Saturday’s elections.

They attributed the event to worry of violence and doable malfunctioning of electoral supplies. (NAN)

Obasanjo Refuses to Touch upon Conduct of Polls

(2:45 PM)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday refused to touch upon the conduct of the governorship and Home of Meeting polls in Ogun State.

Obasanjo arrived the ward 11, unit 22 of the Olusomi compound polling centre at Totoro-Solori space of Abeokuta at about 9.56 a.m for voting.

The previous president, who voted at about 10.08 a.m., refused to talk to newsmen.

After voting, he merely walked cross the ready newsmen and bought into his car waiving and signalling that he had no feedback.

Earlier, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun and a former governor of the state, Chief Segun Osoba, nevertheless, expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the polls within the state.

Amosun, who voted at ward 6, unit Eight of Ita-gbangba polling centre at Itoko space of Abeokuta, famous a major enchancment in INEC’s efficiency in comparison with the earlier train.

The governor informed newsmen after he had voted that he had obtained encouraging information of peaceable conduct of the polls throughout the state.

“There was lots of enchancment within the conduct of the polls as we speak than the presidential ballot.

“The voting course of has been peaceable and has taken a shorter interval as we speak than the earlier train which took about 45 minutes.

“We pray that this example will proceed until the tip of voting and counting interval, and until the announcement of the winner by INEC,” he stated.

Amosun, who noticed that “there are rooms for enchancment”, referred to as for discount within the variety of taking part political events.

He famous that greater than 70 political events participated within the polls throughout the nation, explaining that “the scenario is annoying and cumbersome for INEC and the voters”.

Based on him, the scenario is pricey when it comes to funding and annoying to organise when it comes to logistics.

He added that the event required extra efforts on the a part of the voters who wanted to test fastidiously via a protracted listing of political events on a protracted poll paper to establish their most popular social gathering.

Amosun due to this fact referred to as for a most of six political events in subsequent polls.

“You uncover that in superior international locations, outcomes are introduced inside 5 hours after polls.

“The reason being as a result of they’ve only a few political events to cater for and this typically quickens the whole voting and counting course of.

“I hereby name for a most of six political events in subsequent polls as a result of the nation is split into six-geopolitical zones.

“It’s a good factor that I’m going to the Senate as a result of it will give me a possibility to proceed to push for this place,” he stated.

Osoba, who voted at Ward 14, unit 15 of the Omololu polling centre at Ibara Housing Property space of Abeokuta, counseled the peaceable and orderly conduct of the polls.

The previous governor, who expressed concern over the state Commissioner of Police Hammed Ilyasu and referred to as for his switch throughout the presidential polls, stated the scenario had since modified.

“As for the commissioner of police, now we have settled. The safety scenario is excellent and heavy presence of safety businesses and patrol officers on the roads are proof of nicely organised and nicely deliberate safety association.

“The scenario has inspired the voters in turning out in massive quantity and I’m positive the polls will go on nicely throughout the state.

“In abstract, my common evaluation is that there was noticeable and vital enchancment when it comes to logistics, safety, turnout and different vital variable that can be utilized to measure the success of the polls,” he stated.

Osoba, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), urged eventual winners of the polls to be magnanimous in victory and suggested losers to take defeat in good spirit. (NAN

Tambuwal Vows to Settle for Ballot Consequence

(2:17 PM)

The Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has promised to just accept the result of the governorship and state Home of Meeting elections within the state in good religion.

Tambuwal acknowledged this after casting his vote at 12:16pm at Polling Unit 011, JNI Islamiyya Main Faculty Tambuwal, Shiyar Ajiya.

He stated the turnout of voters within the space was spectacular and voters have been blissful as they exercised their constitutional accountability.

“To date, the conduct is peaceable throughout Sokoto State; although some challenges have been reported we’re proud of the method.

“Furthermore, I need to guarantee you that I’ll settle for no matter is the result of the election in good religion,” he stated.

He referred to as on the folks of the state to stay calm and be law-abiding throughout and after the election.

Additionally the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) within the state, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu, has expressed satisfaction with the turnout of voters within the state.

Aliyu described the turnout as overwhelming and inspiring after voting at Polling Unit 019A, Tudun Wada, Magajin Rafi.

The APC candidate counseled the voters, saying: “I’m impressed by the peaceable conduct of the voters.”

He counseled INEC for the nice conduct of the train and stated: “It confirmed that Nigeria’s electoral course of is rising.”

Aliyu additionally stated he would settle for the result of the election and expressed optimism that he can be victorious.

Talking to newsmen after casting his vote, the Social Democratic Social gathering (SDP) governorship candidate, Abubakar Sadiq, additionally lauded the graceful conduct of the election and the turnout of voters.

Sadiq voted at about 9:50am, at Polling Unit 015, Gidan Doma, Malikawa village in Kware Native Authorities Space.

He nevertheless stated he obtained complaints from his supporters that thugs disrupted the method in some polling items.

The SDP candidate stated he had reported the matter to the suitable authorities and the problem was being resolved.

He, nevertheless, expressed hope of successful the election. (NAN)

Meeting Election: Ondo APC Tackles PDP over Alleged Malpractice

(2:01 PM)

James Sowole in Akure

Although voting was usually peaceable in elements of Ondo State throughout election into the Ondo State Home of Meeting, there have been allegations of vote shopping for and hijacking of voting supplies in lots of voting items of Ondo State.

Whereas the foremost opposition social gathering, the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), alleged that voting supplies have been carted away from some items in Eseodo Native Authorities space of the state, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) stated PDP chieftains disrupted poll packing containers in Bolowo items.

In Idanre Native Authorities Space, the Senator Elect for the Ondo Central Senatorial District, Ayo Akinyelure of the PDP, alleged that thugs have been disturbing voters at Omifunfun within the native authorities.

Akinyelure additionally alleged that the ruling social gathering engaged in vote shopping for as a result of the social gathering was not standard.

In Ifedore Native Authorities, the PDP Chairman, Mr Clement Faboyede, stated the folks in his voting items 6 and seven resisted try by a celebration agent to cart away poll packing containers within the items.

Nevertheless, the APC Chairman in Ondo State, Mr Ade Adetimehin, stated there have been challenges in Idanre Native Authorities as suspected PDP supporters have been threatening to trigger issues.

Within the riverine Ilaje Native Authorities, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Banji Okunomo, stated voting supplies meant for Ayetoro have been hijacked by hoodlums to an unknown locations.

In Akure South Native Authorities, the Social Democratic Social gathering (SDP) Candidate for Akure South Constituency 1, Ebenezer Adeniyan stated he seized sums of cash from the place it was being shared at Adu Memorial Grammar Faculty. Oke Aro space of Akure.

Additionally in Akoko space of Ondo North Senatorial District, there have been reviews of low turnout of voters in a number of locations and allegation of vote shopping for.

Low Turnout of Voters in Bauchi

From Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi

There was low turnout of voters in Bauchi state as accreditation and voting course of took off concurrently in Saturday’s Governorship and State Home of Meeting election amidst tight safety.

Our correspondent who monitored the election throughout the state metropolis reviews that many citizens didn’t arrive their polling items till halfway into the voting course of.

Throughout many polling items in Bogoro native authorities the place our correspondent visited, the turnout of voters was not encouraging as in comparison with the presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections within the state final week.

At Speaker Yakubu Dogara’s polling unit, Gwarangah Main Faculty in Bogoro native authorities with 5 voting factors, the Assistant Presiding Officer, Miss Loveline Joshua, stated that although they collected all of the election supplies as early as 6.00 am, voters didn’t flip up till 8.30 to 9.00 am.

“The INEC officers got here out to this polling unit as early as 6.30am, however the voters didn’t flip up till 8.30 to 9.am. Some are nonetheless of their homes and are but to return out to vote. To date the train has been going easily with none hitches,” she stated.

The scenario was the identical in Muari and Lusa polling items as solely few voters have been seen queuing to vote, whereas different residents of the realm have been going about their regular companies.

Nevertheless, accreditation and voting have been occurring concurrently with safety males on standby.

The presiding officer in control of Muari ward, Mr Joseph Lutshi, stated that the train was occurring easily, however that there was low turnout of voters, saying lack of enthusiasm on the a part of the voters was accountable the event.

“By this time throughout the presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections, there was no open area right here as a result of voters have been in all places, however as we speak, you possibly can see that they’re simply coming regularly and we’re nonetheless ready for them.”

He additionally counseled INEC for the usage of card readers for the election, however suggested that extra card readers be made accessible in future elections.
In the meantime, as on the time of submitting this report, elections have been occurring easily in all of the polling items situated inside the native authorities, whereas there was no report of violence.

Kogi CP Deploys Extra Policemen to Curb Poll Snatching

(1:58 PM)

The Commissioner of Police in Kogi, Mr. Hakeem Busari, has despatched police reinforcement to some elements of Lokoja the place armed hoodlums snatched some poll packing containers throughout the Governorship/Home of Meeting elections.

Busari who confirmed the assault on a polling unit in Lokoja informed the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) on phone in Lokoja on Saturday that some policemen had been mobilised to the troubled spots.

The commissioner stated that he had began transferring about with different heads of safety businesses to see the scenario first hand.

He additionally denied insinuations that some policemen have been concerned in poll snatching and conveying similar of their vans to authorities services for thumb printing.

“Policemen aren’t concerned; it’s not true. No policeman is snatching poll packing containers and conveying similar for thumb printing,” he stated. (NAN)

Polls: Dickson Accuses Safety Companies, INEC of Colluding With Opposition

Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa

Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Seriake Dickson, has accused the Army and Indepedent Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) officers of colluding with the opposition to churn out faux leads to the state Home of Meeting election.

Dickson made the accusation whereas talking with journalists shortly after casting his vote in his residence city, Toru Orua, Sagbama native authorities space.

A press release by his Particular Adviser on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the Governor as saying that federal businesses deployed to the state are executing a plan to foist an unpopular political social gathering on the state.

Based on the governor, reviews at his disposal indicated that a number of PDP members have been prevented from voting in varied communities together with, Peremabiri, Okpoama and Bassambiri.

He confused that the APC was resorting to brigandage as a result of it lacked the assist base to win election in Bayelsa.

The governor who described what is going on within the state as barbaric , prison and undemocratic, flayed the Resident Electoral Commissioner within the state for his failure to implement the electoral pointers.

He stated that it was a tragic commentary on the nation’s safety equipment that it had failed to hold out its constitutional accountability to offer the conducive setting for the residents to solid their votes to elect their representatives and leaders.

The governor stated that reviews at his disposal indicated that troopers carted away electoral supplies in Epebu, Olodi and Ayakoro in Ogbia Native Authorities Space of Bayelsa State.

Whereas calling on the folks to stay calm within the face of unwarranted intimidation and harassment by troopers, he assured that his administration would take acceptable measures to hunt redress.

Governor Dickson additional expressed remorse over the militarization of the Niger Delta states and urged all nicely which means Nigerians to face up in defence of democracy.

His phrases: “We now have main challenges on this state arising from militarisation and clear failure on the a part of the businesses to do their jobs accurately.

‘In Peremabiri in Southern Ijaw, a number of folks, nearly a thousand folks couldn’t vote as they’re now IDPs hiding in Yenagoa and different locations.

“Criminals supported by the Nigerian navy providers have held the neighborhood hostage. Some safety personnel who managed to get to Peremabiri have been turned again and also you ask me whether or not now we have a nation inside a nation.

“In Bayelsa, enclaves have been created by federal safety businesses in connivance with APC leaders coordinated by Timipre Sylva all with a view to creating Bayelsa State ungovernable. I maintain elevating this alarm.

“In Bassambiri, PDP leaders and followers have been pushed out by power and they’re now IDPs in Ogbolomabiri, Yenagoa and different communities. It is because the APC is aware of that they aren’t on floor on this state so that they need to win by power.

“I’ve simply obtained an alert that in Ayama Cconstituency, navy officers are attempting to overpower electoral officers to cart away supplies in order that they’ll write any outcome.

“And the REC and his crew in our state haven’t demonstrated braveness, professionalism, competence and respect for their very own pointers, all as a result of they need to crown APC in Bayelsa by power.”

Dogara Votes, Blames Voter Apathy on Notion that Votes Don’t Depend

(1:12 PM)

From Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi

Speaker Home of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and his spouse have been amongst voters that voted at their polling unit in Gwarangah Main Faculty in Bogoro native authorities space of the state.

The Speaker arrived his polling unit at precisely 11.38am, amidst social gathering supporters and so they have been accredited with none problem.

THISDAY reviews that Gimbiya Dogara, the spouse of the speaker, was first to be accredited and thereafter she solid her vote, adopted by her husband who solid his vote at 11.41am.

Talking shortly after voting, Speaker Dogara counseled the peaceable conduct of the election in his ward, however lamented the voters’ apathy within the space, saying that the low turnout was because of worry by electorates that their votes could not rely after the conduct of the election.

“From the conduct of the election, I feel, it’s peaceable, however what I’ve seen right here is that there isn’t a mammoth crowd just like the final election. I don’t know what occurred and a few of you who have been right here throughout the election noticed the group, however I can’t see that type of turnout right here as we speak. I don’t know what’s answerable for that, could also be voter apathy”

“The worry that individuals’s vote could not rely is the rationale why folks didn’t flip up as such as a result of we noticed that within the final election, the issue was not with the voting, folks got here out to vote, the issue began on the collation degree, particularly on the ward degree”

“Coalition on the polling items have been nearly completed peacefully and carried out in a really clear method, however on the ward, native authorities and constituency degree, issues began altering. So, I suppose a part of the rationale why now we have voter apathy is that individuals suppose their votes don’t rely and as such, what’s the level voting. The issue began with the collation and we hope that issues don’t repeat itself on this election,” he stated.

Ogun APM Guber Candidate Accuses Safety Personnel of Intimidation

(12:58 PM)

Mr Abdulkadir Akinlade, the Allied Peoples’ Motion (APM) governorship candidate in Ogun, has accused some safety personnel of intimidating voters in some elements of the state.

Akinlade made the accusation whereas talking with newsmen shortly after casting his vote at Ward Three Unit 22, Agosasa, in Ipokia Native Council Space at 9:57 a.m.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that Akinlade voted in firm together with his spouse, Chinenye.

He alleged that troopers not deployed for election responsibility within the space have been intimidating voters and making them to not freely train their franchise.

“Troopers who aren’t deployed to this place are going about intimidating voters, I’ve reported the matter formally, I’ve been assured that one thing shall be completed.

“That is scary to our democracy, we must be involved, think about that what we’re witnessing right here is going on within the different 19 native governments,” he stated.

The APM candidate, nevertheless, counseled the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee for the early graduation of the polls within the space.(NAN)

Al-Makura, Spouse Vote in Nasarawa

(12:37 PM)

Emmanuel Ukumba in Lafia

The Nasarawa State Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura and his spouse, Mairo, have voted at his Lugun Wambai polling unit in Lafia, the state capital.

The governor, alongside his spouse, voted at about 11:48am the place he was accompanied by the Nationwide Vice-Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the North-central zone Suleiman Wambai.

Talking to journalists shortly after casting his vote, the Nasarawa State governor warned these planning to foment bother throughout and after the elections to avoid the state as authorities was ever prepared to return down laborious on such individuals or group of individuals fanning the ember of violence.

Al-Makura nevertheless expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the train to this point, at the same time as he urged actors within the recreation to play the sport based on its guidelines and settle for outcomes of the election in good religion.

Ambode Votes in Epe, Urges Lagosians to Train their Franchise

(12:40 PM)

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Saturday solid his vote within the Governorship and Home of Meeting elections, urging different eligible voters to additionally come out and train their civic obligations with out worry.

Ambode arrived at his Polling Unit 033, Ward A5, at Ogunmodede Junior and Senior Faculty in Papa Epe by 9.54 am, accompanied by his spouse, Bolanle.

He solid his vote at precisely 10.03 am.

Talking to journalists shortly after voting, Ambode urged the voters to consider within the course of by popping out en-masse to carry out their civic rights.

He stated this may proceed to reinforce the tenets of democracy and in addition promote the tradition of ‘one man, one vote’.

“I simply need to thank all Lagosians that as we speak, we’re going to promote the actual tenet of democracy by truly performing our civil obligation and popping out to vote.

“I simply completed voting with the primary girl, and on this specific polling sales space, every thing has been so peaceable and I additionally perceive that throughout the state, voting is ongoing and there have been report of delays in a few of these polling centres.

“We implore INEC to be sure that the voting supplies, workers and ad-hoc workers come out rapidly so that everyone can come out to carry out that very same obligation,” Ambode stated.

He inspired each eligible voter to carry out their civic obligations with out worry and menace, saying he was blissful to have additionally been a part of the method.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that the INEC officers arrived on the polling unit at 7.30 am, whereas voting and accreditation commenced at 8.00 am.

In the meantime, there was excessive turnout at a number of polling items visited in Epe, Lagos State, with residents popping out to vote for candidates of their selection within the elections.

A few of the voters who spoke with the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) expressed happiness collaborating within the election course of.

Mr Saheed Ahmed, one in all them, attributed the excessive turnout of voters to the search for good governance, which the indigenes need to expertise within the subsequent 4 years.

“Epe is without doubt one of the main communities that must ship their vote for continuity of infrastructure growth witnessed on this current administration.

“Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode has carried out tremendously within the space of infrastructure growth in the neighborhood.

“For the neighborhood to benefit from the continuity of fine governance and authorities presence within the division, we have to come out en masse to vote,’’ he stated.

Mr Demola Olufowobi, a youth chief, stated he got here to his polling unit at about 10.30 a.m.

“The voting train went easily and other people carried out themselves in an excellent method.

“The governorship and States Home of Meeting elections are extra peaceable, in comparison with the Presidential and Senate election held two weeks in the past.

“All of the challenges skilled within the final election have been corrected and voting train went easily.

“It was a hitch-free voting train,’’ he stated.

One other resident, Miss Peju Akanji, stated that at about 7.40 a.m., folks had already lined up at her polling unit to vote.

She stated the elections have been crucial to folks of Epe, Lagos and Nigeria at massive.

“The Governorship and Home of Meeting elections are the foremost determinants of whether or not the state and its folks will take pleasure in good governance or not.

“We’re out to solid our votes and the voting train is occurring peacefully,’’ she stated. (NAN).

Sanwo-Olu Votes, Assured of Victory

(12:35 PM)

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, solid his vote at 10.53 a.m., at Femi Okunni Polling Unit, Ward 09 in Ikoyi throughout the governorship/ State Homes of Meeting elections on Saturday.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that Sanwo-Olu arrived the polling unit at 10.38 a.m., in firm together with his spouse, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu.

The APC governorship candidate expressed his confidence that he would emerge victorious within the elections whereas addressing newsmen after he had carried out his civic accountability.

“I’m glad that I’ve voted and I’m assured that I’ll emerge victorious on the finish of the entire train as a result of we communicated and engaged everybody throughout our campaigns.

“I’ve completed lots of work than my opponents when it comes to reaching out to the folks of the state and spreading my manifesto; so that provides me an edge.

“Additionally, precisely six months in the past, Sept.9, 2018, I collected my nomination kind from the social gathering and such coincidence implies that I would be the subsequent governor of Lagos state.

“Earlier, there have been reported slight points with the cardboard readers.

“I’m blissful that they’ve been resolved and usually, the elections have been peaceable and I’m assured of successful,” he stated. (NAN)

Settle for Election Outcomes, Abdulsalam Urges Candidates, Supporters

(12:29 PM)

Former Head of State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar (rtd) on Saturday urged candidates and their supporters to just accept the result of Governorship and State Home of Meeting Election leads to good religion.

Abdusalami made the decision in an interview with newsmen shortly after casting his vote at his Up Hill Water Tank Polling Unit in Chanchaga Native authorities space of the state.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) report that Abdusalami was accompanied by his spouse Hajiya Fatima Abubakar the place they each solid their votes at 10:45am.

NAN report that Up Hill Water Tank Polling Unit has a complete 1,679 registered voters.

Abubakar described the election as peaceable and nicely organised, though with low turnout of voters in comparison with Feb. 23 presidential and Nationwide meeting (NASS) elections that witnessed massive turnout of voters.

“The turnout of voters shouldn’t be as a lot as that of the presidential and NASS elections, I don’t know why, however perhaps persons are drained and really feel disenfranchised the final time they got here to vote,” he stated.

The previous head of state counseled the peaceable and orderly method of electorates and urged them to proceed to take care of peace and order.

He appealed to the assorted political events’ supporters to rejoice the result of the elections in a cautious method with out endangering their lives and that of the general public.

“When election outcomes are introduced, folks ought to settle for the result and in celebrating their victory, they need to take classes from the presidential victory celebration the place folks misplaced their lives in the reason for celebration,” he added.

He, nevertheless appealed to losers to just accept defeat and channel their grievances in an acceptable approach for peace and growth of the nation (NAN)

EU Chief Observer Screens Polls in Suleja

(12:25 PM)
The EU Chief Observer, Ms Maria Enviornment, says her crew is monitoring the Governorship and Home of Meeting elections in Suleja, Niger State.

Enviornment informed the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) that EU statement mission had been in Nigeria for a very long time and the mission had deployed over 60 folks across the nation to watch the elections.

She stated it was very early for the mission to touch upon the whole election course of within the nation, including that the mission will get updates from crew members throughout the nation.

“We have to have extra details about how Nigerians have had the chance to vote after that we’ll make the appreciation of the entire course of not simply someday,’’ Enviornment stated.

She defined that the mission would observe the whole course of from votes casting to collation of outcomes, stressing that they’ll submit their advice to authorities on Monday by 2 p.m at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.

NAN additionally reviews that the election is continuing peacefully however marred by low voter turnout.
A NAN correspondent protecting the polls additionally noticed that few girls exercised their civic responsibility in some wards in Suleja and Tafa Native Authorities Areas of the state in contrast to their large turnout throughout the Feb 23 Presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections.

Hajiya Hauwa Sadauki, the Assistant Girl Chief, All Progressives Congress (APC), Suleja Native Authorities Space, stated the social gathering made enough sensitisation and mobilisation for the election, however expressed shock that the majority polling items are scanty.

“As you might be conscious, Suleja is a multi-ethnic city; some people who had the Everlasting Voter Playing cards right here could really feel that Niger shouldn’t be their state and resolve to not vote throughout this election,’’ she stated. (NAN)

Armed Hoodlums Snatch Electoral Supplies in Kogi

(12:12 PM)

Some armed thugs in police and armed forces uniforms invaded polling items in Adankolo neighborhood in Lokoja, taking pictures sporadically to scare away voters on the queue.

A correspondent of the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the armed hoodlums arrived in a van and instantly began taking pictures.

Voters and electoral officers scampered to security, a growth which made it doable for the thugs to hold away poll packing containers, poll papers and different delicate election supplies.

Worst hit have been the 5 polling items at St Luke Main Faculty at Adankolo the place supplies in any respect the 5 polling items within the faculty premises have been taken away.

Additionally on the Polling Unit in NEPA space in Lokoja, the hoodlums, a few of whom have been masked, additionally made away with election supplies after scaring away INEC officers and voters.

Different areas beneath the siege of armed thugs have been polling items in Ward A in Lokoja Constituency 1.

At Okengwe Polling Unit in Okene Native Authorities, voting was quickly disrupted when hoodlums tried to grab poll packing containers and different election supplies.

There had been fears about the potential for armed assault on the election day amongst residents prior to now.

One of many candidates contesting for a seat within the state Home of Meeting had earlier raised the alarm over plans by some parts to disrupt election within the ward.

The candidate, Mr Suleiman Babadoko of the Individuals’s Democratic Social gathering (PDP), had appealed to the police and DSS to rapidly transfer in to cease the violence. (NAN)

Low Turnout of Voters in Jos

(12:14 PM)

Low turnout of voters characterised the Governorship and Home of Meeting elections in most polling items inside Jos and Bukuru metropolis in Plateau.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that in some polling items in Dadin Kowa, Hwolshe, Abbattoir, Sabon Barki, Rayfield, Dogon karfe and Plateau Hospital few voters have been seen at voting factors.

Equally, in some items at Apata, Rantya, Busabuji, St Murumba and host of different areas in Jos North Native Authorities Space, there was apathy.

Based on Miss Susan Williams, a voter, the poor turnout was because of the lack of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) to persuade the voters that their votes would rely.

“We got here out en mass to vote throughout the Presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections, however our vote didn’t rely.

“So, I consider this can be prime among the many explanation why we’re experiencing low turnout of voters as we speak,” she stated.

NAN nevertheless reviews that there was spectacular turnout of voters in Tudun Wada – Kabong Ward in Jos North LGA, the place supplementary elections have been being held alongside the governorship polls.

There have been additionally some incidences of smartcard readers malfunction, however some officers of INEC officers swiftly addressed the anomaly. (NAN)

Ugwuanyi Votes, Says Train Peaceable in Enugu

(12:02 PM)

By Christopher Isiguzo and Gideon Arinze in Enugu

Amidst excessive voter turnout, the Governorship/State Home of Meeting election kicked off as scheduled throughout the 17 councils of Enugu State on Saturday.

As early as 7am voters had already trooped out of their numbers to train their franchise as INEC officers and supplies arrived most polling items in good time.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, candidate of the PDP, additionally took half within the train by casting his poll at his Amube polling unit in Orba Udenu council.

Regardless of the decision for postponement of the train by the All Progressives Congress (APC) within the state, most voters have been in excessive spirit to participate within the course of. The social gathering chairman, Ben Nwoye, had accused the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Emeka Ononamadu, of skewing the whole course of in favour of the ruling Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP).

Nevertheless, in apparent show of confidence, Governor Ugwuanyi shortly after casting his poll expressed optimism that he would emerge victorious on the finish of the day.

The governor whose kinsman from close by Igboeze North council, Senator Ayogu Eze, of the APC is his main opponent, counseled INEC for organising such a hitch-free train.

He additionally expressed satisfaction with turnout of voters throughout voting centres within the state afterwards.

Whereas thanking the folks of the state for his or her assist, the governor stated “the quantity of assist you all are giving to me is a transparent testimony to the truth that you might have confidence in my skill to ship to you all of the dividends of democracy. I can’t fail you once I come again.

“Enugu is unquestionably within the palms of God,” he stated.


Jonathan, Spouse Vote in Otuoke

(11:54 AM)

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and his spouse, Persistence, voted at unit 39, Ward 13 on the Otazi Playground, Otuoke in Ogbia Native Authorities Space of Bayelsa.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that Jonathan and his spouse voted at about 10.30 a.m.

Ward 13 is made up of 5 communities, particularly: Otuoke, Otuaba, Ewoi, Otuabula 1 and Otuabula 2.

At unit 37, the 4 Sq. street, an unadentified youth tried to grab a poll field however troopers on election monitoring chased him and he escaped to the bush.

Voting has totally commenced in many of the polling items visited and all the cardboard readers are functioning nicely. (NAN)

 INEC Workers Abandon Responsibility Put up over Worry of Assault in Oyo

(11:45 AM)

Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan

Some Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) advert hoc workers who participated within the final Presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections in polling items in Ibadan North West Native Authorities Space of Oyo State Saturday deserted their responsibility put up for worry of assaults.

THISDAY gathered that the event made the electoral officers within the native authorities to hurriedly start the method of changing those that did not report for responsibility.

There are 11 electoral wards within the native authorities space.

An INEC official, who recognized himself as Olusegun whereas talking with journalists at Onireke, headquarters of the native authorities, stated they have been stunned that a few of those that served within the final elections couldn’t report resulting from worry of assaults.

He stated: “A few of those that participated within the final elections couldn’t come resulting from worry of assaults.You may see, now we have to name for alternative of those that couldn’t report.

“Those that are getting used for alternative are already placing down their names.There are 11 wards on this native authorities, what we did is that, once we seen the shortfall of the personnel, we referred to as for alternative.

“I don’t know the determine now, but it surely reduce throughout the native authorities, it might be resulting from worry of assaults. Although, we don’t know why they didn’t report.”

In the meantime, the state command of the Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has stated the command has deployed no fewer than 3,500 personnel to offer safety for the governorship and State Home of Meeting elections within the 33 native authorities areas of the state.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the command, Mr. Olusegun Oluwole, made this disclosure whereas talking in an interview on the command’s headquarters in Ibadan.

Oluwole maintained that the officers who have been already of their areas of deployment have been deployed so as to guarantee a hitch free elections.

He stated: “The NSCDC Oyo State Command has deployed about 3,500 officers to observe the elections within the 33 LGAs and 35 LCDAs. You may see our automobiles there, some have gone. Those that are going to far locations have gone. We now have taken the problem of vote shopping for critical and we’re doing it together with different safety businesses. We’re placing our heads collectively to make sure that safety menace are tackled.

“A lot of the senior administration from the headquarters are additionally right here in our zone. With that, we’re going to have credible and honest elections. Our officers are going to work with different safety businesses. We’re going to have tight safety tomorrow. So, there shall be no drawback.

“The way in which and the coaching they’re giving our officers, you should be apolitical. All of us that shall be going out, all of us have been educated on electoral issues. And that’s the reason we’re giving out our numbers to report in case of any criticism.”

Low Voter Turnout Recorded in Nasarawa

(11:37 AM)

Emmanuel Ukumba in Lafia

There may be voter apathy in Nasarawa State as a variety of eligible voters within the state reportedly did not prove for the governorship and state Home of Meeting elections Saturday.

Talking to THISDAY in Akwanga, the headquarters of Akwanga Native Authorities Space, a girl who most popular anonymity, stated she wouldn’t be capable of make it to the polling unit this time as a result of her vote throughout the presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections was not counted.

She stated: “My vote and people of different voters in my space weren’t counted, however as an alternative a outcome was tailor-made to favour one of many political events.”

The same scenario was noticed in Gudi, the homestead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, the place some voters who turned out to train their civic accountability stated that greater than 50 per cent of the eligible voters within the locality have been but to indicate up for the election.

In the meantime, the APC governorship candidate within the state, Abdullahi Sule, has solid his vote at his motor park polling unit (PU 002) at 10am.

The train in most elements of the state went on easily as election supplies arrived polling items at about 8am, whereas finding out of the supplies by officers of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) commenced instantly even because the accreditation and voting started by 9am in many of the polling items visited.

Polls: One Killed in Rivers LGA

(11:37 AM)

Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

One individual has been reported killed in Akinima, Ahoada West Native Authorities Space of Rivers State.

The sufferer, Micheal Abedinigo, who hails from Upatabo Neighborhood, was stated to have been shot by thugs whereas resisting makes an attempt to grab electoral supplies.

The police are but to verify the incident.

In the meantime, elections in Rivers State have been comparatively peaceable, particularly in Abonnema in Akuku-Toru Native Authorities Space in addition to in Bonny and Okrika areas the place massive scale violence led to the suspension of elections throughout the Presidential and Nationwide Meeting election.

There are nevertheless reviews of selective arrests of some politicians by the military in some areas.

Voting Commences Early in Yobe

(10:56 AM)

Voting commenced peacefully in Damaturu, Yobe state capital and different elements of the state as scheduled by 8.00 a.m. on Saturday to elect the governor and 24 members of the state meeting.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that electoral officers and supplies have been deployed to polling items earlier than 8.00 a.m. with voters already in queue.

A few of the voters at Hearth Service Polling Station, Damaturu informed NAN that the method was going easily and that Card Readers have been working optimally.

Hauwa Usman, a home spouse, stated she was among the many first 10 individuals to solid their votes on the unit.

“I got here to the unit after the daybreak prayers pondering it will likely be crowded just like the Presidential Election however that is much less annoying,’’ she unhappy.

Hafsat Umar, the Presiding Officer Mairi unit, stated there was no drawback with the cardboard reader or election supplies.

“Really the voter inhabitants is rising steadily in contrast to throughout the presidential election once they trooped out earlier than graduation of the election,’’ she stated.

Alhaji Ahmad Makama, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, expressed satisfaction with the well timed graduation of the election.

“Our officers and tools have been right here on time and the machines are all functioning simply as now we have backups to handle any defective machine.”

Khadijah Bukar-Abba, former Minister of State for Overseas Affairs, who was among the many early voters, described the method as peaceable and credible.

Reviews from different elements of the state indicated that voting commenced peacefully with the voters trooping out to solid their votes. (NAN)

 

 Arrest APC Agent Carrying Voter Register

The police have arrested an agent of the All Progressives Congress (APC) carrying a Voter Register at a polling unit in Manchok Registration Space Centre (RAC), Kaura Native Authorities Space of Kaduna State, on Saturday.

The agent, Mr Samuel Semion, caught with the register at Uguwan Aba Dube I Polling Unit, Manchok RAC, stated the doc was distributed to all social gathering brokers within the space by a senior social gathering member.

When the eye of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) officers and safety brokers was drawn to the event, the INEC Supervisor within the RAC, Mr Cletus Joseph, requested the police to arrest the suspect.

Joseph claimed the motion contravened the Electoral Act.

“We now have obtained comparable info from our officers in varied polling items that APC brokers have of their possession INEC Voters’ Register.

“I need to categorically say that no agent is entitled to (maintain) the Voters’ Register for any motive and anybody caught with it must be arrested,” he stated.

The Divisional Police Officer within the Native Authorities, CSP Daniel Mbwale, seized the doc and ordered safety brokers to grab the paperwork from all APC brokers in all polling items within the space.

Responding to the event, the Public Relations Officer of APC within the LGA, Mr Mathew Kuyau, stated the register was distributed to all members of the social gathering government within the space who made it accessible to the brokers.

He defined that the measure was to allow the brokers to confirm the accreditation of voters by INEC officers however to not intrude with the electoral course of. (NAN)

Voter Apathy Recorded in AMAC

(10:46 AM)

A low voter turnout has been witnessed within the native authorities elections in some elements of the Abuja Municipal Space Council (AMAC) within the FCT.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reported that though voting has commenced in some polling items within the space, just a few voters have been seen exercising their franchise.

In Gaduwa Property polling unit 017A, INEC workers arrived at 7 a.m. and voting commenced at 8:30a.m, however solely about 20 voters had turned out for the train.

Miss Stella Usifo attributed the voter apathy to ignorance on the trail of the voters.

“This grassroots election is crucial as a result of it’s your rapid representatives you might be voting for.

“You probably have any points, the native authorities chairman is your first level of name, not President Buhari.

“I’ve a candidate and I got here out as early as 6:30 a.m. to vote,” Usifo stated.

Mr Rhoda Joshua, the Presiding Officer of the Gaduwa polling unit, stated every thing had been put in place, however that few voters turned out for the polls.

The scenario was the identical on the Prince and Princess Property polling unit 017b the place solely about 20 voters have been seen on the polling items.

Mr Mustapha Terry, the presiding officer, stated accreditation and voting commenced at 8:30 a.m., however that the voters weren’t coming.

Mr James Agidib, one other voter, blamed the apathy on dissatisfaction of some voters with the result of the February 23 presidential election.

“I feel folks have been dissatisfied with the entire strategy of the presidential election, they consider their vote didn’t rely.

“I really feel the identical approach too, however that has not deterred me from popping out as we speak to vote; I need to train my civic responsibility. Change is a course of and I consider regularly we’ll get it proper,” Agidib stated.

Mrs Ngozi Oleka, an observer with Society for Development of Credible Management, stated the method had to this point been free and honest, however lamented the low voter turnout. (NAN)

INEC Postpones Ballot in Kogi LG

(10:22 AM)

The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has postponed the state Home of Meeting election throughout Mopamuro Native Authorities Space of Kogi State.

The Electoral Officer, Mopamuro LGA, Mr Opanachi Ojodale, informed the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) on the INEC workplace in Mopa Saturday, that the election was postponed to Sunday March 10, resulting from incorrect poll papers that have been taken to the realm.

Based on Ojodale, the poll papers belonging to Akpa LGA in Kogi East, have been taken to Mopamuro LGA, a growth that was found within the early hours of Saturday (election day).

He stated that the brand new poll papers for Mopamuro would arrive the council workplace later within the day from Abuja

The INEC workplace in Mopamuro on Friday evening distributed election supplies to Registration Space Centres (RACs) on the ward degree throughout the LGA.

In the meantime, some youths of Orokere neighborhood had earlier Saturday carried out a peaceable demonstration to the palace of their conventional ruler, to protest in opposition to the alleged importation of thugs to their neighborhood by suspected opposition social gathering members.

The youths alleged that the thugs have been imported by some politicians within the space to trigger mayhem and disrupt the electoral course of.

Mr Segun Peter, the youth chief, who spoke on behalf of the youths on the palace, urged the monarch to name the politicians to order in order to forestall a breakdown of regulation and order throughout the elections.

“The thugs threatened to disrupt the electoral course of in the neighborhood, and unleash terror on members of opposition events.

“The thugs additionally threatened that voters, who’ve determined to not vote for his or her candidates mustn’t trouble to return out to vote.

“We’re peace-loving folks, our youths are prepared to face agency and resist any type of intimidation to guard our votes,” Peter stated.

The monarch, Chief Ajayi Mejedi, the Ajugbonjagun of Orokere land, praised the youths for the peaceable protest and promised to name the folks talked about to order.

“This election shall be completely different; no one ought to foment any type of bother earlier than, throughout and after the election,” the monarch warned.

He urged the folks to exit and solid their votes peacefully for the candidates of their selection. (NAN)

INEC Advert-hoc Workers Protest at Iba Collation Centres over Unpaid Allowances

(10:49 AM)

Scores of adhoc workers of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) at Ojo and Iba Collation Centres in Lagos on Saturday staged a protest over unpaid allowances.

The collation centres are situated at St. Michael Nursery and Main Faculty, Costain Street, Ojo, and Native Authority Main Faculty, Iba, each in Lagos State.

As at 9.30 a.m, the adhoc workers have been seen chanting. “No Pay, No Work’’ on the collation centres, refusing to go and resume responsibility on the polling items within the space.

One of many ad-hoc workers who pleaded anonymity informed the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) that they won’t resume responsibility till they get their allowances.

“We won’t go to work if we don’t obtain our cash right here and now. They promised to pay us for the Presidential Election held on Feb. 13 instantly after the elections, however a few of us bought paid solely yesterday March 8.

“The N10,00Zero allowance for the governorship election was speculated to be paid yesterday, however until now nothing.

“So, we won’t go anyplace till we get our cash,’’ he stated.

An Electoral Observer on the collation centre, Mr Davis Faleye, decried the poor organisation by the Fee.

“I used to be right here at 7.30 a.m and I met this example.

“INEC ought to have paid them their cash to allow them to render their providers to the federal government and for the election as a result of I really feel that their rights shouldn’t be undermined.

“If they’re but to go away the collation centre as at 9.30 a.m, I ponder when voting will begin.

“I’ve referred to as the fee and reported the scenario, however nothing has been completed,’’ Faleye stated.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that in a number of the polling items within the space, voters have been on queues ready for the INEC officers to solid their votes. (NAN)

Obiano Votes, Lauds Turnout

(10:26 AM)

By David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has solid his poll for the state Home of Meeting election.

Obiano, who arrived at his polling unit 001, Amaeze ward one, Aguleri, Anambra East Native Authorities Space together with his spouse, Ebelechukwu, at precisely 9:45am, went straight and solid his poll.

Regardless of the poor turnout on the centre, Obiano expressed satisfaction on the variety of individuals he met on floor, saying that he hopes folks would prove in massive numbers in voting centres throughout the state afterwards.

“I’ve simply voted, and I encourage all to do similar. I’m impressed with the extent of turnout right here, and I hope that it will likely be so elsewhere,” Obiano stated.

He described the method as being honest, whereas commending the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) for the method.

Kwara APC Governorship Candidate Denies Withdrawing from Race

Mr Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Kwara, has not withdrawn from the race.

Mr Abdulraheem Olawuyi,  a member of the Home of Representatives from Kwara, debunked the rumours circulating on Friday and urged supporters of APC to disregard it.

Olawuyi informed the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin  on Saturday that the purported withdrawal of the APC candidate was the handiwork of the opposition.

The candidate himself in a tweet additionally debunked the hearsay:

“I’ve NOT withdrawn from the Kwara gubernatorial race. Beware of faux information. Kindly name in to inform your family and friends in Kwara to exit and vote APC. There’s no going again from this, Kwara State should be free of the dynasty. Assist unfold this message together with your RT”, Abdulrazaq wrote

Based on the assertion being circulated, Abdulrasaq was stated to have stepped down resulting from an allegation, now in court docket, that he cast his Faculty certificates.

“We remorse to announce that our candidate Abdulrahaman Abdulraq stepped down resulting from WAEC scandal in court docket; we direct our supporters to go for Accord Social gathering. O to ge,”  the assertion learn.

Olawuyi stated that the message was borne out of frustration and panic that the APC would emerge victorious within the governorship and state home of meeting elections.

He referred to as on APC supporters to not be distracted by the information of the withdrawal, saying that such distractions have been regular in a democratic contest.

Olawuyi referred to as on the folks of Kwara to discountenance the message and exit en-masse to vote for the APC. (NAN)

Election: Safety Companies Reactivate Joint Management Room in Enugu

(10:16 AM)

The Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Enugu State Police Command, SP Ebere Amaraizu, on Saturday stated safety businesses within the state have reactivated the joint safety management room for the March 9 elections.

Amaraizu informed the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that the joint safety management room was for efficient safety coordination throughout the governorship and home of meeting elections.

NAN reviews that the joint safety businesses embody: the Nigerian Military, Nigerian Air Drive, Nigeria Police and Division of State Safety Providers (DSS), Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Nationwide Drug Regulation Enforcement Company (NDLEA).

Others are: the Federal Street Security Corps (FRSC), Financial and Monetary Crime Fee (EFCC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Nigeria Prisons Service, Federal Hearth Service and State Vigilant Providers.

Amaraizu stated that, nevertheless, the Nigeria Police remained the lead company for election safety.

“That is why the joint safety management room is at present domiciled on the police headquarters in Enugu.

“It has been the directive of the performing Inspector-Normal of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, for each command to have a joint safety management room.

“The workplace is well-furnished with all kinds of communication and data devices and stand-by operation automobiles connected to it.

“That is for safety points throughout the elections to be attended to with velocity in a most coordinated method,’’ he stated.

The police spokesman stated that the joint safety management room would function 24/7 for some days throughout and after the elections.

NAN reviews that the Enugu Police Command misery numbers are: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 and 08098880172.

Its social media platforms are: twitter – @policeNG_Enugu and Fb – @nigeriapoliceforceenugustatecommand. (NAN)

Low Turnout at State Home, Police Polling Models

(10:14 AM)

There was low turnout of voters on the Presidential Villa and Police polling Unit 022, within the Federal Capital Territory for the Chairmanship and Councllorship elections.

NAN noticed that a couple of voters have been seen on the polling unit.

Talking to NAN, Mr Balogun Seyi, the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) Presiding Officer, stated he arrived at 7:40 a.m.

“We had a lot of voters throughout the Presidential and the Nationwide Meeting elections. However for this election, there are only a few variety of folks,” he stated,

Additionally chatting with NAN, a retired civil servant. Alhaji Lawal Busari, stated he got here out as early as 5:30 a.m to solid his vote.

“I got here out early as a result of I assumed there’ll a big turnout like throughout the presidential and Nationwide Meeting election.

“As you possibly can see, we’re not many. Individuals could have low curiosity within the Chairmanship and Councillorship election,” he stated.

Additionally at polling Unit 021, Miss Ekanem Unwam, the Presiding Officer, stated INEC officers got here out as early as 7: 40 a.m.

“Individuals are not many on the queue. It’s 8:30a.m, you possibly can see that voting has began,” she stated.

A voter, Mr Ukpata, a Public Servant, expressed happiness as the method was peaceable.

“If what is going on right here might be replicated everywhere in the nation then now we have one thing to discuss.

“Although the turnout is low as a result of folks weren’t correctly sensitised.

“Political events can do extra for voters to know that as states conduct governorship and state homes of Meeting, FCT conducts Chairmanship and Councillorship elections.

“I want Nigeria peaceable, profitable and credible elections,” he stated.

Ukpata due to this fact suggested INEC to make sure safety personnel use their pointers all the time to permit simple motion by voters to voting centres.

At Space Three polling Unit 013, the Presiding Officer, Miss Areho Bisola, stated electoral officers bought to the unit at 7:30 a.m.

She expressed displeasure on the low turnout of voters, including that individuals should still come out to vote.

Areho stated INEC did very nicely however there was nonetheless room for enchancment.

Mr Ekekwe Cornelius, stated he was stunned folks didn’t prove in massive numbers.

He due to this fact, suggested politicians to enlighten folks extra that FCT conducts Chairmanship and Councillorship elections.

NAN reviews that there have been presence of navy personnel in any respect the polling items visited. (NAN)

Buhari: Atiku’s Go well with in opposition to My Victory Not Surprising

(10:04 AM)

President Muhammadu Buhari says the court docket case instituted in opposition to his electoral victory by Atiku Abubakar, the defeated candidate of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), shouldn’t be surprising.

The president acknowledged this shortly after casting his vote throughout the gubernatorial and State Home Meeting elections on the polling unit 003 Kofar Baru III, Gidan Niyam, Daura, Katsina State.

The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) had on Feb. 27 declared the president winner of the 2019 presidential election held on Feb. 23.

Buhari was declared re-elected having polled 15,191,847 votes, successful in 19 states, to defeat 72 different candidates, together with Atiku Abubakar, who scored 11, 255,978 votes.

Nevertheless, Atiku, who gained in 17 states and the FCT to occupy the second place, had via his authorized crew filed case on the Presidential Election Tribunal, difficult the results of the election.

Atiku had demanded that supplies used for the Feb. 23 presidential election be inspected by his authorized crew.

However, President Buhari, who reacted to the choice of Atiku to hunt authorized redress over the result of the election, informed newsmen on the polling unit that: “I count on that to occur.’’

The president expressed concern over the reported instances of violence earlier than and over the past presidential and nationwide meeting elections.

He, nevertheless, counseled the efforts of the safety businesses in addressing the assorted safety challenges throughout the nation.

“I’ll go away it (safety) to the regulation enforcement businesses particularly the police, as a result of they’ve been assembly nearly on a 48-hour foundation to be sure that they’ve recognized the flashpoints, as you talked about, wherever they’re and make preparations to counter it,’’ he stated.

The president, wearing a sky-blue conventional babanriga with a blue cap to match, alongside his spouse, Aisha, had earlier voted on the polling unit 003 Kofar Baru III, Gidan Niyam, Daura, Katsina State.(NAN)

Voter Apathy in Guber Ballot in Niger

(9:56 AM)

Laleye Dipo in Minna

In contrast to what occurred within the presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections, there may be low turnout of voters within the ongoing governorship and Home of Meeting elections in Niger State.

Many eligible voters as an alternative of turning out to vote went about their regular companies.

In Chanchaga, Paiko and Gurara Native Governments, lower than half of the inhabitants of voters that turned out throughout the presidential election weren’t accessible for the election.

Safety was additionally not tight on the polling stations with a number of the items not having any policeman.

The polling stations have been nevertheless opened earlier than 8.00am The method has to this point been peaceable and orderly.

Low Turnout as Jigawa Elects Governor, Meeting Members

(9:54 AM)

Adedayo Akinwale in Jigawa

Whereas the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) made good its promise as polling items opened as early as Eight a.m, voters’ turnout was not encouraging because the folks of Jigawa state elect governor and atate Home of Meeting members that may serve them for an additional 4 years.

Polling items visited to this point by THISDAY confirmed that the turnout of voters was not overwhelming as anticipated.

In Kasarau ward, polling unit 006 in Dutse, the state capital, whereas the voting course of is comparatively peaceable, there have been few folks on the queue who’re out to solid their votes.

The story was not completely different in Bokoto ward, Polling unit 13 additionally in Dutse. Although voters carried out themselves in peaceable method.

Social gathering brokers are additionally on floor to guard the pursuits of their events, together with the ruling All Progressives Congress and the primary opposition social gathering, the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP).

Meeting Election: Low Turnout in Kogi

(9:48 AM)

Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja

As we speak’s state Meeting election witnessed low turnout in most polling items in Kogi State. The governorship election within the state comes up in November this yr.

When our correspondent visited some locations in Lokoja, Okene and Kabba axis there was low turnout of voters at about 11am in contrast to the presidential and senatorial elections when folks turned out en mass to vote.

The governor of the state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, alongside his two wives, Amina and Rashida, voted at Agasa polling unit.

The governor and his two wives voted with none drawback in contrast to presidential election when the cardboard reader was defective.

Addressing newsmen after casting his vote, governor Bello counseled the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) for an excellent job.

He stated he was impressed with the electoral physique for correcting the errors within the final election.

He suggested the folks to take care of peace and vote with none worry.

Voting Delayed at Osinbajo, Sanwo-Olu’s Polling Models

(9:40 AM)

Accreditation  of voters  didn’t begin early at Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo’s polling unit-Code 33, Victoria Backyard Metropolis (VGC), Lagos throughout Saturday’s Gubernatorial and State Homes of Meeting Election.

Additionally, the identical scenario was noticed on the  Femi Okunnu Polling Unit, Ward 9, the place the governorship candidate of the All Progressives  Congress  (APC), Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu,  was scheduled to vote.

A correspondent of the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN)  who monitored the scenario on the polling unit  of Vice –President Osinbajo’s  noticed that the  ad-hoc officers of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) have been but to reach there by  9.05 a.m.

Nevertheless, the residents of VGC led by their Chairman, Mr Adetokunbo Ladega, have been seen making preparations towards registering the few voters who had turned out to train their civic obligations.

NAN reviews that voting didn’t begin on the similar polling unit throughout the Feb. 23 Presidential and Nationwide Meeting Elections till about 9.45a.m.

Osinbajo, who arrived on the unit at 10:28 a.m. on Feb.23 voted at 10:53a.m. , whereas the Presidential Candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Mr Fela Durotoye, additionally voted on the similar polling unit by 12.11p.m.

In the meantime, at Ward E, Eti-Osa Native Authorities Space, INEC ad-hoc workers and electoral supplies have been already on floor in many of the polling items at about 8.05a.m.

Additionally, some voters who turned out for the election have been seen ready for voting and accreditation to start. (NAN)

Voting Commences in Borno, Kaduna

(9:36 AM)

Voting into the Governorship and State Home of Meeting elections has already commenced in Maiduguri, Borno State, and a few elements of Southern Kaduna State.

In Maiduguri, polling sales space opened at about 8: 00 am; in most polling items visited amid tight safety.

At Bulama Yusuf I and II polling items in Bolori space of Maiduguri, election employees arrived the centres as early as 7: 00 am and commenced the train at 8: 00 am.

The scenario was the identical in a number of polling items visited at Gwange, GRA Gomori areas of Maiduguri.

Equally in elements of Southern Kaduna State, voting commenced as witnessed in Jema’a, Kaura and Zangon Kataf Native Authorities Areas.

Additionally, safety businesses have been at their responsibility posts whereas voters carried out themselves peacefully whereas the train progresses. (NAN)

Meeting Election: Low Turnout of Voters in Anambra

(9:36 AM)

By David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

The Home of Meeting election in Anambra State has witnessed low turnout of voters, THISDAY reviews.

As at 9am, most polling facilities had no voter on the queue, regardless that INEC officers resumed as early as 7:45am.

At Aroma ward one in Awka, Awka south native authorities space, solely few voters had turned out as at 9am.

An observer, Mr Okey Ajuka, informed our correspondent that the low turnout was foreseen, particularly as there was no governorship election within the state.

Anambra is among the many states that maintain separate governorship election, and had held its governorship election in 2017.

Ajuka stated, “Final two weeks Saturday was completely different due to the affect of the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering, PDP, Mr Peter Obi, made folks to place their curiosity within the election.

“I feel the one locations the place excessive turnout shall be registered are in locations the place they’ve candidates.

“There is no such thing as a governorship election in Anambra, so we’re not stunned that there’s low turnout on this Saturday’s election.”


El-Rufai: I Already Have a Job Even when I Lose Guber Ballot 

(9:21 AM)

By John Shiklam in Kaduna

Kaduna state governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai says even when he loses as we speak’s election, he already has a job since President Muhammadu Buhari has gained the presidential election.

El-Rufai spoke on Saturday whereas queuing to solid his vote at his polling unit 024 Runka/Marnona, Anguwan Sarki, Kaduna.

“I’m not beneath any rigidity since President Muhammadu Buhari has gained. Even when I lose , I have already got a job. It’s my workers which are jittery. I all the time share this joke,” he stated.

Voting Supplies Arrive Early at Polling Models in Mushin, Late in Agboyi Ketu

(9:15 AM)

The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) officers arrived early on the polling items in many of the polling items in Mushin Native Authorities space, Lagos State.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that as at 7:45a.m, delicate supplies and the officers had arrived at many of the polling items visited.

Safety personnel have been seen on the voting centres to make sure clean graduation of accreditation and voting.

As at 7:30 a.m some voters have been seen on the queue earlier than the arrival of the INEC personnel.

Armed soliders have been additionally seen in any respect the foremost roads to keep away from unauthorised motion of automobiles and to keep away from breakdown of regulation by miscreants.

At Agboyi/Ketu and Ikosi/ Isheri Native Council Growth Space(LCDA) of Kosofe Native Authorities Space (LGA), voting was but to begin at 8a.m

Nevertheless, in some polling items social gathering brokers and other people have been gathered, in others no one was on the polling items.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that there have been no INEC officers on sight by 8a.m however there was heavy police presence, and armed forces patrol alongside Ikorodu Street of their automobiles.

NAN recollects that the Presidential and Nationwide Meeting election skilled late arrival of INEC personnel and voting supplies in some elements of Lagos. (NAN)

Hoodlums Set Ablaze Electoral Supplies Saved in Benue Main Faculty

(9:05 AM)

All electoral supplies for Mbalom ward in Gwer East Native Authorities Space of Benue, have been within the early hours of Saturday burnt by armed hoodlums.

Based on a witness, the hoodlums on arrival fired photographs within the air earlier than setting on hearth the RCM Main Faculty Aya, housing the supplies.

Mrs Ngunan Yongo, the Electoral Officer for the native authorities space, confirmed the incident to the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) in a phone dialog.

The EO stated the supplies have been but to be distributed to polling items within the ward when the assault occurred.

“The whole supplies are burnt,” she lamented.

Nevertheless, no official of the fee together with advert hoc workers have been damage.

She defined that ultimate choice over the conduct of the elections within the space can be communicated later.

Mr Thaddeus Ujah, a senior workers of the fee, additionally confirmed the early morning assault.

“Proper now I can’t say something, I’m overwhelmed; we weren’t anticipating something of that nature. I’m wanting phrases. I can’t see a few of my folks, they bumped into the bush, a few of them bought injured. For me, crucial factor to me now’s to get these folks and take them again”.

Ujah stated he was posted newly within the space and couldn’t verify the precise variety of advert hoc workers that have been lacking till he takes a roll name.(NAN)

Heavy Safety, Restriction of Motion in Lagos

(8:56 AM)

Heavy safety and restriction of motion have been seen in elements of Lagos state on Saturday as residents of the state put together for the conduct of the Governorship and the State Meeting elections.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that stern-looking military officers have been seen took their positions alongside a number of roads as early as 6 a.m to impact the restriction order.

That is in contrast to the Feb. 23 Presidential and Nationwide Meeting election, which had just a few areas blocked by the military officers and business automobiles drivers have been seen manoeuvring their approach.

NAN correspondent monitoring the train reviews that the troopers shunned all attraction by nearly all motorists to cross, as solely officers of INEC and people on official responsibility have been allowed to cross.

A few of the areas blocked embody Abesan Gate, Ipaja, Mosalashi space, Alimosho, Idimu Street, Ikotun space amongst others.

Many individuals have been, nevertheless, seen strolling whereas others stood in teams within the frontage of their homes, but some on the streets prepared to maneuver the polling items train their civic accountability As from 8.00a.m.

At polling unit 1 to 13 polling items located at Gowon Property in Alimosho Native Authorities Space, INEC officers have been seen as early as 6.45a.m with their election supplies.

Whereas some INEC officers have been busy transferring supplies and personnel out of their varied Registration Space Centres (RAC) at about 7.00 a m, some have been discovered at their varied polling items.

In the meantime, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos State, Mr Sam Olumekun, had informed NAN that the electoral physique was good to go and able to give residents of the state free and honest elections on Saturday.

Olumekun gave the peace of mind whereas talking on the readiness of the fee for the train within the state, in an interview with NAN Friday evening.

In Lagos, the voters will go to the polls to elect a Governor and 40 members of the state Home of Meeting on Saturday.

Supplementary elections can even happen in six federal constituencies within the state the place the Nationwide Meeting elections held on Feb. 23 have been inconclusive.

NAN reviews that 45 governorship candidates throughout varied political events shall be vying for the primary seat within the state.

Additionally, 640 candidates of varied events are eying the 40 seats within the Lagos State Home of Meeting within the election. (NAN)

Buhari, Spouse Vote in Daura

08:45

President Muhammadu Buhari and his spouse, Aisha, on Saturday joined tons of of different voters to train their franchise on the polling unit 003 Kofar Baru III, Gidan Niyam, Daura, Katsina State.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that the president, accompanied by his spouse, arrived the polling unit at about 8.00a.m, the place each of them have been cleared and issued poll papers by the unit presiding officer, Aliyu Abdullahi.

The president and his spouse, with the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) numbers 187 and 182 respectively, voted at precisely 8.08 a.m. to elect their most popular candidates for Katsina State governorship and Home of Meeting legislators.

The duo had carried out comparable civic accountability throughout the Feb. 23 Presidential and Nationwide elections on the similar polling unit.(NAN)

Accreditation, Voting Start in Osun

08:39

Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo

There may be large turnout of voters as officers of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) and electoral supplies arrived on time in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, Saturday.

Accreditation and voting have commenced as scheduled at Laro Timehin Center Faculty Asubiaro, Osogbo Ward 3, Ataoja C.

In Obokun Native Governement Space of the state, accreditation and voting have additionally commenced peacefully.

Safety males have been stationed to arrest any ugly scenario.

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