ELECTIONS TRIBUNAL: INEC STAFF RAISES ALARM OVER THREAT TO LIFE

Akpabio’s aide Accused of Circulating Defence Witness Pictures Counsel to Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Barrister Ifeoluwa, has alerted the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo, that INEC staff are complaining of threat to life from persons suspected to be agents of Senator Godswill Akpabio. Senator Godswill Akpabio is at the tribunal challenging the election that produced Senator Chris Ekpenyong as representative of Akwa Ibom Northwest Senatorial District. It was further alleged that this might be another ploy by Senator Godswill Akpabio and his party, the All Progressives…

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ATIKU HEADS TO SUPREME COURT OVER ACCESS TO INEC SERVER

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has vowed to challenge, at the Supreme Court, the dismissal of their application to be granted access to inspect the central server allegedly used by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to transmit results of the last general election. Recall that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal had earlier ruled in a unanimous decision that the request could not be granted since the issue of whether such central server existed or not, is already a subject of controversy in the substantive petition…

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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PETITIONS TRIBUNAL REFUSES ATIKU’S PLEA TO CHECK INEC SERVER

Nsikak Nseyen  The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Monday dismissed the application filed by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, seeking to inspect INEC server allegedly used in collating results for the Feb. 23 general election. NAN reports that Justice Mohammed Garba, Chairman of the panel, held that granting such application at this interlocutory stage would preempt the substantive petition. Details later…

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MANY INEC STAFF CLAIM ELECTION RESULTS TRANSMITTED THROUGH SERVER

Server Controversy: Several INEC staff say results transmitted to ‘central server Several officials who said they were deployed as electoral officers by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 presidential election said they transmitted results electronically to a ‘central server’ through smart card readers. This they said was done in compliance with the directive given by the commission during a three-day training before the polls. The 20 officials deployed to various states, who mostly worked as presiding officers, said they were told that there was a “central server…

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WHY ARMY GOT INTO TROUBLE DURING 2019 ELECTIONS- BURATAI OPENS UP

Why we got into trouble in 2019 elections in Rivers – Army The Nigerian Army has said that it incurred the anger of politicians because it refused to compromise the integrity of the 2019 General Elections due to its belief in the nation’s democracy. The army said it also acted in the best interest of the country by assisting the police in the elections. Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Port Harcourt, disclosed this while receiving two individual Awards of Excellence at the divisional headquarters on Sunday…

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BUHARI’S ELECTION WAS NOT TRANSPARENT SAYS EU OBSERVERS

The European Union Observers have said the 2019 presidential election that returned President Muhammadu Buhari to power was not transparent. The EU pointed out that the February 23 and March 2, 2019, general elections were not transparent and were marred by violence, harassment, and intimidation. These elements, the observers said, seriously damaged the integrity of the elections conducted under the watch of Buhari’s All Progressives Congress. “The elections became increasingly marred by violence and intimidation, with the role of the security agencies becoming more contentious as the process progressed,” the…

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ELECTION HACKING NOW REAL IN AFRICA SAYS FORMER PRESIDENT MAHAMA

Chineme Okafor in Oxford, UK Countries in Africa that have adopted Information Technology (IT) in their electoral processes now have to deal with a new challenge, systems hacking, which now threatens the practice of democracy in the continent, a former President of Ghana, Mr. John Mahama, has said. Mahama’s disclosure came at a time Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election is blemished with claims of alleged hacking of the electoral commission’s IT system by both leading parties in the election – the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and ruling All Progressives Congress…

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ARMY CLEARS AIR OVER ROLE IN RIVERS’ ELECTION, SAYS RIVERS WOULD HAVE BURNT TO ASHES IF…

Brig.-Gen. Felix Omongue, Acting Director of Operations, Nigerian Army, has disclosed that Rivers would have burnt to ashes, if not for the military’s quick intervention during the 2019 general elections. NAN reports that Omongue made statement in Port Harcourt on Monday at the House of Representatives public hearing on political violence in Rivers. The House Committee on Army, Police, Human Rights and Justice was in Rivers to investigate the murder of Dr. Ferry Ogberegbe, a lecturer at Saro Wiwa Polytechnic Boro. The lecturer was alleged to have been shot by…

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SEE WHO WIKE IS BLAMING FOR CRISIS DURING RIVERS ELECTION, NOT AMAECHI OR APC

Rivers state governor, Chief Barrister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has decried the partisan role of the the military and F-SARS in the 2019 rivers state governorship elections. In a statement made available to Views media, the governor stated that those indicted of trying to subvert the will of Rivers state people in the guber elections are yet to be prosecuted despite several official complaints and overwhelming evidence against them. The statement reads” “It is really unfortunate. All of us know that there was a coup in this state, organised by the…

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I WAS OFFERED MONEY TO COMPROMISE LAST ELECTIONS IN KWARA -REC

How I was offered money to compromise 2019 elections in Kwara — REC How I was offered money to compromise 2019 elections in Kwara — REC By .  Malam Garba Madami, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara on Monday said that he resisted money offered by politicians to compromise the just concluded 2019 general elections in the state. Madami, who hails from Gurara Local Government Area, of the state made this known to newsmen after his daughter’s wedding in Minna. “There was pressure by politicians who offered me money to…

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