INEC: ATIKU’S PETITION WORTHLESS

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during its final submissions before the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) said Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the petition that it transmitted results electronically and abandoned its pleadings by not calling any witnesses is “worthless.” “This is a worthless petition. INEC did not abandon its pleadings. It only extracted salient evidence from their (petitioners) witnesses,” INEC’s lawyer, Yunus Usman (SAN) said on Wednesday. “We urge the court to dismiss this petition, which was meant to test the water with…

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CROSS RIVER REC RESIGNATION UNACCEPTABLE- INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission says the process through which the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Cross River, Mr. Frankland Briyai, resigned to join partisan politics, is unacceptable. The commission, in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja, quoted INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, as making the clarification. Okoye made the clarification at the opening of a National Strategy Meeting on Capturing Disaggregated Data of Persons with Disabilities. He said that although Briyai had the right to join a political party…

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INEC HAS NO POWER TO SACK ME SAYS FORMER CROSS RIVER REC

Former Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Frankland Briyia has said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lack powers to sack him. Briyia said reports that he was sacked by the commission were fake, as he only resigned his appointment to join politics and participate in the Bayelsa State governorship election. At the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yenagoa, Briyia said he was at the party office to inform the officials that he was a registered party member and would contest the November poll. He said:…

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BAYELSA, KOGI GUBER ELECTIONS WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT -INEC

Warns political parties against violence Says candidates must emerge from valid primaries John Shiklam in Kaduna The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday disclosed that the conduct of the forthcoming governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States would be very difficult and consequently warned participating political parties against electoral violence. The INEC, also, warned the political parties in the state that it would not accept any candidate did not emanate from validly conducted party primaries for the Kogi and Bayelsa elections coming up in November. The National Commissioner of the…

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WE’VE BEEN DRAGGED TO COURT OVER 1600 IN RELATION TO 2019 ELECTIONS – INEC CHAIRMAN

Independent National Electoral Commission,logo The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has disclosed that, the commission had been dragged to court over 1,600 times in relation to the 2019 general elections. The INEC boss said most of the cases stem from acrimonous political party primaries. He stated this in Kaduna on Saturday shortly after receiving award of excellence from the Kaduna chapter of the National Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). Professor Yakubu who was fielding questions from newsmen on the possibility of credible, rancour and litigation…

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INEC DECRIES CAMPAIGN OF CALUMNY AGAINST ITS AKWA IBOM REC BY APC

Okon Bassey in Uyo The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Akwa Ibom State, yesterday accused the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of allegedly embarking on media campaigns to smear the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Mike Igini, in the Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in the state. INEC in a statement signed by its Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Don Etukudo, stated that the APC petitioners were busy playing the victim card in the media instead of concentrating their energies and resources in proving their cases at the…

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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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