VCS’ INCLUSION IN ELECTIONS VITAL TO FREE AND FAIR POLLS – INEC

By Omeiza Ajayi Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has again stressed its commitment to sustaining its partnership with university vice-chancellors and other academics in the country, saying their inclusion in the electoral process was vital to the sustenance of democracy in the country. Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, in a statement late Tuesday night in Abuja, said the commission’s Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the commitment at the post- 2019 General Election Review Retreat with Collation and Returning Officers in Lagos. According to the chairman, “the…

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I WILL OPEN UP ON SERVER ISSUES SOON- INEC CHAIRMAN

THE Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, plan to speak very soon on the server controversy trailing the conduct and outcome of the 2019 general elections. Yakubu said since the server matter was an issue before the Presidential Elections Tribunal, he will speak after the final judgment on all petitions. He, however, asked interested Nigerians to go and read the statements on oath by the petitioners and the defendants to have a full grasp of the issues surrounding the controversial server. But INEC plans to…

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INEC DIRECTS PARTIES TO SUBMIT 2019 ELECTION EXPENSES

Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu •Warns commission would be strict on Bayelsa, Kogi gov contest timelines •Polls not over until after S’Court judgment, says PDP Chuks Okocha and Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has knocked political parties for not submitting details of their financial transactions during the 2019 general election, including material contributions received from individuals and corporate bodies. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said yesterday in Abuja at a meeting with leaders of political parties to review the conduct of the general election…

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ITSE SAGAY: INEC CHAIRMAN, YAKUBU IS VERY WEAK AND LACKS INITIATIVE

 Seun Opejobi  Prof. Itse Sagay, SAN, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, has described the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mahmood Yakubu as a “very weak man” who lacks initiative. Sagay said this while lambasting the INEC Chairman over plans to register more political parties, ahead of the 2023 general election. He accused Yakubu of not being proactive and collapses easily under problems. Speaking with Independent, the PACAC Chairman insisted that the INEC chairman only articulates problems without any solutions while waiting for somebody…

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NIGERIANS REACT OVER CLAIMS BY INEC THAT THE COUNTRY WOULD HAVE ABOUT 200 POLITICAL PARTIES IN 2023

Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos Some Nigerians on Thursday reacted to the statement credited to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that Nigeria may go into the 2023 general elections with over 200 political parties on the ballot papers and result sheets. INEC’s national commissioner, Festus Okoye, made the statement in Abuja on Wednesday at an Electoral Reform Roundtable organised by the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room and the Kofi Annan Foundation. Okoye’s statement did not go down well with many Nigerians who were already outraged by the large number of political…

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WHY I WILL NOT FORGIVE INEC FOR POSTPONING 2019 ELECTIONS

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole has said he has refused to forgive the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the postponement of the 2019 general elections. Oshiomhole said this, yesterday, while responding to INEC’s National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, who had said during his presentation at an Electoral Reform Roundtable, that as at 5pm of Friday, February 15, INEC leadership were still optimistic on being able to pull through with the election on February 16, hence the delayed announcement of the postponement. INEC announced the postponement…

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PDP SLAMS CONTEMPT CHARGE AGAINST INEC

 Muhammad Bukar  The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are in a war of wits with the opposition PDP as the party has now filed a petition before the Governorship Election Tribunal against the Commission alleging denial to access elections materials. The PDP is accusing INEC of alleged violation of orders of the court, which instructed the commission to allow them access to electoral materials. In the petition, PDP accused the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kano, Professor Risqua Shehu Arabic of alleged contempt of court for…

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INEC WITHDRAWS CERTIFICATE OF RETURN FROM ONDO APC LAWMAKER

Peter Dada, Akure Sequel to the judgement of the Ondo State High Court, the Independent National Electoral Commission has withdrawn the Certificate of Return issued to Mr. Sina Akinwumi, an All Progressives Congress lawmaker, who had earlier been declared the winner of the March 9, 2019, House of Assembly election, in Okitipupa constituency II. Akinwumi was sacked by the court last month on the grounds that he did not win the primary of the party. The court however declared James Ololade-Gbegudu of the same party as the winner the primary, held…

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INEC SACKS 200 STAFF, EXPLAINS WHY

 Chijioke Jannah  The Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Barrister Mutiu Agboke, has revealed that over 200 staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC have been sacked for various electoral offences in the state. The REC, who admitted that there were problems during the last general elections in the state, declared that majority of them were orchestrated by politicians. Agboke spoke on Tuesday at the symposium put together by the Lanre Oladoyinbo-led executives of the University of Ibadan, Senior Staff Club entitled: ‘2019 elections: A post Mortem’ According to him,…

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IMPROPER PRIMARIES: 809 CASES IN COURT SAYS INEC

Says 64 certificates of return withdrawn so far Notes it’s studying 9 court judgements By Omeiza Ajayi ABUJA— Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has again lamented the growing impunity and lack of internal democracy within political parties, saying the judiciary was confronted with about 809 pre-election cases stemming from disagreements regarding the conduct of party primaries. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this in Abuja, yesterday, while presenting certificates of return to the governor-elect of Zamfara State, Bello Mutawalle, his deputy, three senators-elect, and seven House of Representatives members-elect, all on…

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