INEC Recognises Umeh as APGA Chairman

The embattled National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, has won the recognition of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Umeh, who was still celebrating the INEC’s reprieve, addressed journalists at the party headquarters thursday, saying the  governors of Anambra and Imo States, Mr. Peter Obi and Chief Rochas Okorocha, respectively have become a problem to APGA, rather than a blessing.

INEC, in a  letter with reference number, INEC/DPPM&L/APGA/003/ T/358,  dated  May 8, said it would continue to relate with Umeh as the  national chairman of APGA, adding that  its action is in compliance with the  ruling of the Court of Appeal, which stayed the execution of the Enugu High Court order restraining him from parading himself as the party chairman.

The commission’s letter, signed by its Secretary, Abdullahi A. Kaugama, reads: " The commission notes the ruling of the Court  of Appeal, which stayed the execution of the order of the Enugu High Court that restrained Chief Victor Umeh from parading himself as the national chairman of APGA. Consequently, the commission will continue to relate with Victor Umeh as the national chairman of APGA." …(continue from source)

2011 elections cost Nigeria N122.9bn – INEC

Nigeria spent the sum of N122.9bn to conduct the 2011 general elections.

 

This was disclosed in a statement issued in Abuja, Wednesday, by the Chief Press Secretary to the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr. Kayode Idowu.

 

Idowu said the amount showed that N9bn was saved from N131.4bn initially budgeted for the exercise.

 

The amount spent, he added, included N66.3bn on recurrent expenditure and N56.6bn also on capital expenditure.

 

He said: “Contrary to lingering speculations, the actual cost of the 2011 elections, including all costs involved in the voter registration exercise, is N66.3 billion for recurrent expenditure and N56.6 billion for capital expenditure – making a total of N122.9 billion or, if you like, $800.6 million at an exchange rate of N153.5 to $1 which prevailed at the time…"

 

A copy of the statement Dated 07 May, 2013 is  published on INEC’s Facebook Page.

2011 elections cost Nigeria N122.9bn – INEC

Nigeria spent the sum of N122.9bn to conduct the 2011 general elections.

 

This was disclosed in a statement issued in Abuja, Wednesday, by the Chief Press Secretary to the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr. Kayode Idowu.

 

Idowu said the amount showed that N9bn was saved from N131.4bn initially budgeted for the exercise.

 

The amount spent, he added, included N66.3bn on recurrent expenditure and N56.6bn also on capital expenditure.

 

He said: “Contrary to lingering speculations, the actual cost of the 2011 elections, including all costs involved in the voter registration exercise, is N66.3 billion for recurrent expenditure and N56.6 billion for capital expenditure – making a total of N122.9 billion or, if you like, $800.6 million at an exchange rate of N153.5 to $1 which prevailed at the time…"

 

A copy of the statement Dated 07 May, 2013 is  published on INEC’s Facebook Page.

Ekiti Assembly Confirms Modupe Adelabu as Dep Gov-designate

After several hours of screening, the appointment of the new Deputy Governor-designate of Ekiti State, Prof Modupe Adelabu, was Tuesday confirmed by the state House of Assembly.

The deputy governor-designate, who until her recent appointment as the Chairman of the state Universal Basic Education (SUBEB), was screened at the parliamentary session by the lawmakers.

The state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, had on May 3, sent the name of Adelabu to the assembly for ratification in replacement for the late deputy governor, Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka, who died of cancer on April 6.

As early as 8.a.m following the announcement on the state owned-radio station intimating the public about screening, members of the party as well as the party faithful and well-wishers had gathered at the assembly chambers as a mark of solidarity for the former SUBEB boss. …(continue from source)

Kogi: Wada Swears in Elected Council Chairmen

 Barely 24 hours after the local government elections were conducted on May 4 in Kogi State, Governor Idris Wada, has sworn in the elected 21 council chairmen, with a charge that they should shun corruption and abuse of office.

The governor, who gave the charge Monday while speaking at the swearing grassroots ceremony of the 21 council chairmen and their deputies, at Government House, Lokoja, stated that the election was an acknowledgement of the acceptability and leadership quality of the people of  their respected local government areas.

Wada, who expressed gratitude to the people of the state for the peaceful conduct of the elections, stressed that despite the evil plans and provocations by some politicians, who attempted to cause trouble and make the state ungovernable, the elections still went on transparently.

He commended the security agencies for the proactive measures adopted to ensure the peaceful conduct of the elections across the three senatorial districts of the state.

The governor pointed out that the 1999 Constitution recognised the local government administration as the third- tier of government, which was why the state government decided to put in place democratic setting at the grassroots level.

Wada warned all the council chairmen that the oath they have taken is between them and the people at the grassroots level, adding that the large portions of the rural dwellers were economically disadvantaged and urged the council chairmen to impact positively on the masses at the local level.

He also cautioned the chairmen not to be tempted to use their office to  tamper with public fund  to serve their personal interest, adding that they must  not use the advantage of their office to enrich themselves at the detriment of the rural dwellers.

Those sworn in, all PDP members, Monday are  Salihu Adaviriku (Adavi), Aloysius Adeiza Okino (Ajaokuta), Isah Abdul (Ankpa),  Usman  Maigida (Bassa), Mohammed Ali (Dekina), David Ogwu (Ibaji), Musa Abdulmutalib (Idah), Yemi Oguntola (Ijumu), Folorunsho Daniyan (Mopamuro) and Ibrahim Labaran (Kogi).

Others are Aliyu Usman (Lokoja), Funsho Ibrahim (Yagba East), Farouk Adejoh Audu (Olamaboro), Olafimihan Akerejola (Ogori/Magongo), Ahmed Ogembe (Okene), Alhassan O. Yusuf (Okehi), Labaran Yahaya  Ohigebe (Omola), A. Zakari (Ofu) and Edward Makanjula.

Responding on behalf of the council chairmen, Hon. David Ogwu, assured that they would not disappoint the state government, adding that they would key into the transformation agenda of the state government  to ensure equitable distribution of  dividends of democracy at grassroots level.

Bauchi not ready to conduct LG election – DPP

The Bauchi State chapter of the Democratic People’s Party, DPP,  has said that the state government was not interested in conducting the local government election in the state, contrary to the impression being created by the authorities over the issue.

 

State Chairman of DPP,  Hajiya Sa’adatu Mahmuda made the allegation while briefing newsmen at the Nigeria Union of Journalists,  NUJ, press centre. Bauchi, yesterady.

 

Mahmuda said: “Since the inception of the present administration in 2007, it has conducted local government election once. Since then, it has continued to set up care-taker committees which were usually appointed by the government. The State House Assembly has now reduced the tenure of the council chairmen to two and half years which is equal to promoting undemocratic tendency at the grass- roots.  This is unacceptable. It does not show sincerity or seriousness on the part of government.” …(continue from source)

PDP wins 21 chairmanship, 225 councillorship seats in Kogi LG elections

The PDP has won all the 21 chairmanship positions in the Local Government council elections conducted in Kogi State on Saturday.

NAN reports that the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), however, snatched 10 councillorship positions in five local governments areas.

In the results declared on Sunday, ACN got three councillorship positions in Mopa-Muro, two each in Ibaji and Yagba-East and one each in Kabba-Bunu and Yagba-West.

The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) also clinched four councillorship positions in Yagba-West, bringing to 14 the total number of wards won by the opposition parties.

The PDP won the remaining 225 of the 239 wards in the state.

Mr Abraham Olaniran, the Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (KOSIEC), said the duty of announcing results as compiled and collated was in compliance with Section 21 of Kogi State Local Government Election Law, 2004. …(continue from source)

North will not support Jonathan in 2015 – Kaze

Jos: Member representing Jos South/Jos East Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Bitrus Kaze has  said the North would not support President Goodluck Jonathan’s ambition to return in 2015 no matter how much he strives to please them.

He said in a statement in Jos, Monday, that although many of the president’s recent steps such as the release of funds for payment of compensation of victims of the 2011 post election violence, appeared targeted at appeasing the North, this would not make them support his come back bid.

According to him, “We are tempted to believe that this gesture could be in furtherance of Mr. President’s attempt to appease the North, who it must be maintained, will never support his re-election ambition in the long run.

“If President Goodluck Jonathan is truly desirous of placating the North, all he needs do is to abandon his re-election ambition or better still step aside and hand over power to a far Northerner, nothing else will impress the core North more.”

Kaze faulted the decision of the Federal Government to compensate victims of the 2011 post election violence without extending the same gesture to victims of violent attacks in Plateau State.

He said Plateau State has suffered huge losses in human and material terms but had not been considered for any special allocation to ease the pains of the people despite the support given to President Jonathan in the last election in the state.

 ”We will not grow weary of telling the world that Plateau State gave President Goodluck the highest percentage of votes compared to any State in the whole North, it is inexplicably painful trying to fathom any logic behind his repeated decisions to pay Plateau State in very bad coins.

“Repeated massacres and invasions by mercenaries among whom are foreign nationals armed with sophisticated weapons have led to unquantifiable losses on the Plateau, including the brutal murder of a serving Senator and Member of the State Assembly, Dr Gyang Dalyop Dantong and Hon Gyang Fulani respectively” he said.

Kaze added: “Whereas both the Defense Headquarters and the office of the National Security Adviser made averments to the effect that it was the insurgents that triggered and perpetrated the violence in Baga; in the Plateau State for example, in Dogo Na Hawa alone over 500 innocent lives of mostly women and children were destroyed in cold blood overnight in March 2010 without any of provocation whatsoever. This is in addition to billions of Naira worth of properties lost in the attack.

“Yet, since the formation of the Security Task Force in January 2009 to curb violence on the Plateau, the Government of President Goodluck Jonathan has not offered a dime in aid to the state that has endured internecine violence for years”.

Tension as Rivers LG halts swearing-in of APGA councillor-elect

Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Mr. Tony Okocha and the Caretaker Commitee Chairman, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Mr. Dike Chikodi, were among those barred by policemen, weekend,  from entering Obio/Akpor council.

Mr. Okocha, who made this known to newsmen, said they were in the council in the spirit of the environmental sanitation exercise in the state on Saturday, but were stopped from entering the council by security operatives, who said they allegedly acted on the orders of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu Mbu. …(read more)

Ondo Election Tribunal dismisses ACN and PDP petitions against Gov Mimiko

The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ondo state over the October 20 governorship election, yesterday dismissed the petitions filed by the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and its candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate Chief Olusola Oke challenging the victory of Dr Olusegun Mimiko.

It therefore upheld the October 20 governorship election of Dr Olusegun Mimiko as the governor  of Ondo state.

In a five-hour judgement delivered in Akure, the Chairman of the three-member Tribunal, Justice Andover Kaka ‘an said that the petitioners ”failed woefully to prove that the governorship election of October 20 is not in compliance with the electoral act”.

Justice Kaka ‘an said that in the petition of the ACN, the petitioner failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt, all the allegations of corrupt practices and non- compliance with the electoral act.

He pointed out that the evidential burden of proof lies solely on the petitioner and not the respondents, adding that the petitioner could not also prove that alleged non compliance with the electoral act affected the overall result of the election.

On the alleged non accreditation of voters, non voting, multiple voting and other malpractices during the election, the tribunal said that the petitioner ought to have called non accredited voters to give evidence.

On the injection of illegal voters into the voters register, the tribunal said that the matter is a pre election matter and that the tribunal had no jurisdiction to entertain it. …(continue from source)