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Election News and Results

PDP Sweeps Bayelsa LG Polls

The candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been declared winners of all 8 chairmanship and 105 councillorship seats in Saturday’s local government elections in Bayelsa state.

According to the Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission (BYSIEC),44 political parties participated in the election except the All Progressives Congress (APC) that boycotted the election citing partisanship nature of the BYSIEC which it alleged was dominated by PDP members.

A breakdown of the results announced by BYSIEC includes, Diepreye Ubarugu of the PDP polled 42,539 votes to beat other contenders to emerge Chairman of Kolokuma-Opokuma LGA; while Alali Embelakpor was declared winner of Sagbama Chairmanship election with 96, 468 votes.

Kia Nigeria polled 107,150 votes to win in Southern Ijaw, Victor Isaiah the caretaker chairman for Brass Local Government Area won with 28,667 votes, while Ebinyo Turnah the caretaker chairman for Ogbia Local Government Area was returned as elected chairman with 17,661 votes.

Alalibo West was returned as winner in Nembe Local Government Area polling 54,562 votes, while Oropaye Nimizua was returned elected as the Mayor of Yenagoa City with scored 89,831 votes.

Bertola Pereke, was declared winner of the Ekeremor Local Government Council election, polling 62,529 votes to emerged winner.

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Bayelsa Guber Poll: Dickson Lists Conditions for Successor

Ahead of November 16 gubernatorial election in Bayelsa state, the state’s governor, Seriake Dickson has said that his successor must be bold and courageous due to the enormous responsibilities he will inherit. 

Dickson gave the conditions on Monday night during a live media chat in Yenogoa the state capital. A statement by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei quoted the governor to have made the comments on the show. 

He said; “The next governor of the Ijaw nation must be courageous; he must be ready to defend the Ijaw nation at all times. He must not be the errand boy of any ethnic group. I will be sad to see the governor of Bayelsa State playing such politics, without being able to take a decisive position on issues. Dickson, who said he had raised the standard of governance and expectations, promised to publish an audited account of his eight-year stewardship in line with his administration’s policy of accountability and transparency. “The shoes I am leaving behind are very big. Posterity will judge. Only very few people who come to talk to me have the interest of the state at heart.

“There is no free money to give anybody in Bayelsa. Do not kill for anybody as none has the power to make you a billionaire. Our people are oppressed. We have a lot of stories to tell Nigerians. When it comes to speak for the Ijaw nation, I have not been found wanting. I want that tradition to continue. I want my people to be safe. “More than any other time, Bayelsa State needs a governor with the requisite courage to lead the Ijaw people. What is at stake is your destiny and survival. Our people are Balkanized into small units in Ondo State to many other states. 

“In the Niger Delta, the Ijaw voice must be heard. I hope those buying the forms are aware of the enormity of the responsibilities of being the governor of the state.”

No More Defection, Alaibe Says He will Remain in PDP 

A governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa state, Timi Alaibe has said irrespective of the outcome of the upcoming primary election in the state that he will no longer leave the party. 
Alaibe,a former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) disclosed this on Wednesday in Yenogoa when he addressed newsmen during his visit to the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) said his defection previously was necessitated by what he described as exigencies of the time and such will no longer happen again. 
He said, “I have spoken severally on it (defection) and I hope you read it up. There is not going to be any crisscrossing again; it was the exigencies caused that at that time. You can look for the grammar to support that.
  “You saw me take the forms, you will soon see me submit them and we are running on PDP ticket. We will unveil very shortly our programmes and the details of our strategic plan for Bayelsa State.”
Alaibe commended the state governor, Seriake Dickson for his achievements in areas of infrastructures. He said when elected will complete all the ongoing projects initiated by the Dickson administration. He,however,decried the present level of insecurity in the state adding that he will address  the problem. 
“If we do not address the violence perpetrated by some youths, no company will come to invest here. Only a few days ago, the mother of our former coach, world-class player of yore, was kidnapped for the second time.
 “What does that tell you? It tells you that we need to address that sector. It’s not good news and it’s hoisted in the international space in the analysis of the risk of doing business in the state.
 “We need to re-image our state and rebrand our state. These people doing these things are our children. So, we are going to be a government that is responsible. We will enumerate our youths and know what they are doing” he said. 

Kabir-Yusuf, PDP Tender 241 Exhibits Against Ganduje 

Abba Kabir-Yusuf, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the March 23 Governorship election in Kano State, on Monday, tendered 241 exhibits before the state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

Kabir-Yusuf and his party, the PDP, are challenging the declaration of Dr Abdullahi Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the election.

Named as respondents in the petition are Ganduje, APC and INEC.

The petitioners’ Counsel, Mr Adeboyega Owomolo, SAN, who tendered the exhibits before the tribunal, said his team hoped to bring additional exhibits to prove their case.

Owomolo told the court that among the exhibits were certified true copies of results sheets from polling units contained in form EC8As, EC8Bs from Albasu, Bebeji, Bichi, Danbatta, Garun Malam, Gwarzo, Karaye, Kura, Madobi, Nasarawa, Rano, Rogo, Sumaila, Tudun Wada and Warawa Local Government Areas of the state among others.

Counsel to the respondents, Mr Offiong Offiong, and Ahmad Raji, both SANs, had opposed tendering of the exhibits.

Offiong told the court that the petitioners had brought to court bags and not certified copies of the election results.

“The petitioners did not make the documents available for us to see, they only brought out bags , I am only concerned with the content, ” he said.

However, the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Halima Shamaki, dismissed the objection and accepted the documents as exhibits and adjourned sitting to July 23, for the continuation of hearing.

NAN reports that no fewer than 785 witnesses are expected to appear before the election tribunal to testify for both the APC and PDP on the conduct of the March 2019 governorship election in the state.

 (NAN)

Why Igalas Will not Support Bello’s Reelection- Ukomu Igala

The  Kaduna state chapter of Igala socio-cultural organization, Ukomu Igala has said the Igala people will not support the reelection bid of Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello. 

The organization was reacting to the purported endorsement of Bello by the Igala paramount ruler, Attah of Igala, Idakwo Ameboni who they said was hoodwinked into supporting the governor. 

A leader of the organization, Samuel Salifu who made the position of the organization  known during the inauguration of their officials at the weekend in a paper he delivered said the governor asides from mismanaging the state has no respect for elders. 

“The Ukomu Igala therefore, rejects in its entirety, the present situation where the Governor of Kogi State would hoodwink our traditional rulers to go and endorsement him before the Nigerian president. We are equally grateful for the president’s response. How do you expect the Igala people to endorse a governor who styles himself as the white lion, who has refused to pay workers’ salaries for upwards of 28 months, who goes about boasting that the average Igala man’s wife can be purchased for as little as N6.000.00, or a governor who brutally and senselessly boasts that no Igala man can contest the governorship with him, a governor who cannot fix the streets of Lokoja – the state capital. A young man governor who has no respect for the elders, a governor whose antics are known all over the country, a governor whose ethnic roots complain daily about his highhandedness, a governor whose only credential is the strange claim that he is the son of Mr. President! An Igbira governor of Kogi State with a Fulani father – strange combination!

“Therefore, Ukomu loala does not endorse the aspiration of the present governor for a second term even if he sends and monetizes 10,000.00 thugs. The potential thugs should also be ready. The Attah and our other traditional rulers should rest assured that we are aware of what prompted them to go to Abuja and masquerade before Mr. President. Let the Agaba Idu be rest assured that he is our Attah – we cannot deny him – our kingmakers enthroned him and he has our support. The governor or any governor for that matter can only remove him if the Igala people endorse such an action. After all what happened in Kano should be a lesson – the governor of Kano could not remove the Emir of Kano – his people refused and secondly the presidency’s plot to remove the governor of Benue flopped – why – because the (governor’s people were with him! The Igala people did not appoint our Attah for a young man governor to come and rubbish the collective will of the Igala people. Let the governor leave our Attah for us and stop his pranks. A word should be enough for the self-styled white lion!

“Komu Igala will endorse anyone who identifies with the aspirations and values of our collective will and not necessarily in empty boasters whose stock-in-trade is thuggery without any practical projects to show to the world. Ukomu is looking for a man or woman who respects, understands the collective value of Kogites, whose antecedents are known to Kogites, whose star is in the hearts of the young and old alike, the male and the female, the educated and the uneducated, tested, tried and trusted, a man whose father is in Kogi and who does not borrow a father from somewhere else! Ukomu is looking for a man of integrity, stamina, who will stand for his base and Kogites.

“If people are going to aspire from Kogi East, such persons must appreciate our values, bear the burden of the entire state, be chosen by the collective majority will of our people. Such persons must be ready to pay salaries, plan for the future of our youths, respect our elders, build on any sound foundations and lay new healthy foundations, develop our roads, resuscitate our schools, bring health close to the people, patronize our farmers, be a friend to all and an enemy to only evil men. Such persons will be known, recognised and approved by Ukomu Igala.

“Our leadership organisation recognises the appointment of an Atta (father) of Igala by the kingmakers who have the blessings of the Igala community. The Attah is the Attah of Igala, not the Attah of Kogi State government nor the Attah of Government House. He is the Attah, who speaks the voice of the Igala people – not the Attah of Sokoto or of Kaduna. His primary constituency is the Igala people. Atta also has some other traditional leaders representing all strata of Igala community. This is important for the attention of both our political leaders and traditional rulers” he said.

Again, Wike Wins at Supreme Court 

The Supreme Court on Monday  struck out the two cases seeking an order disqualifying Governor  Nyesom Wike of Rivers from contesting the 2019 governorship election in the state.

In the Judgement, Justice Paul Galinje who struck out the appeals declared that amendment of the notice of appeal was against the electoral act and is therefore illegal and that the notice of appeal is incompetent.

The court had on July 2, 2019 granted the prayer of Mr Elvis Chinda for abridgement of time in the suit seeking an order disqualifying Gov. Wike from contesting the 2019 governorship election in the state.

NAN reports that on March 8, Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja dismissed a pre-election suit brought by Chinda, a PDP member in Rivers.

Chinda alleged that the birthday certificate governor Wike attached to the Form CF001 he submitted to INEC on Nov. 2, 2018, for clearance to participate in the 2019 general election, was forged.

The trial court dismissed the case for being a pre- election matter as the reliefs sought by the plaintiff was to disqualify Wike from contesting an election

Justice Ekwo maintained that being a pre-election matter, the suit was status barred because it was not commenced within the 14 days stipulated by law. The judge opined that the plaintiff’s position that the cause of action arose on Nov.13, 2018 when he obtained a Certified True Copy of the INEC document containing the forged birth certificate, was strange to him.

Dissatisfied, Chinda approached the Court of Appeal, Abuja presided over by Justice Stephen Adah where Wike had in a preliminary objection urged the court to strike out the case for want of jurisdiction.

Gov. Wike also prayed the court not to grant Chinda leave to amend his brief, having wrongly titled the brief: “’In the Federal High court’, instead of writing, `In the Court of Appeal’.
However, Wike approached the Supreme Court, in his motion saying the Appeal court erred in granting the leave sought by Chinda.
NAN

How Election Results Were Doctored- Atiku, PDP Witnesses 

Witnesses called by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) , Atiku Abubakar on Thursday told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal how election results were doctored in the favour of President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 23, 2019 presidential election in Kaduna state. 
One of the witnesses, Yahaya Shiko, a retired Major who served as the agent for the PDP in Kaduna south local government said the election in his area was marred by over-voting and fraudulent allocation of figures to parties. 
Shiko during cross examination by the counsel of the APC ,Charles Edosomwan (SAN), said the results were doctored in his presence.
He said, “My statement was based on the reports I received from the polling unit agents and what I saw on the result sheets which were forwarded to the Local Government collation centre.

“There were cases of overvoting, and allocation of figures.
“These were what were carried to the Local Government collation centre.
“In my presence, the results were doctored.”
He said he protested against the act by refusing to sign the results. 
“At the collation centre, I made complaints when the results were announced and I protested by refusing to append my signature to the result sheets” he said. 

Another witness, Mr. John Makama who testified before the Tribunal said he was the PDP collation agent in Sanga Local Government of Kaduna state and election results in the strongholds of the PDP were cancelled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collation officer in the local government. 

‎He said, “It is an aberration that results from wards and polling units were cancelled.
“The election held at the polling units, but the cancellations happened at the local government collation centre.
“The results from the petitioners’ stronghold were illegally cancelled.
“It is an open fact that political parties have stronghold where they are dominant.”