The Nigeria Police Force has issued warnings to members of the public restricting movements in 36 local government areas where bye-elections will be held today 5th of December, 2020 by the Independent National Electoral Commission in 11 states across the country.
The affected states are Bayelsa, Borno, Bauchi, Cross River, Enugu, Imo, Katsina, Kogi, Lagos, Plateau and Zamfara.
This is coming amid conflicting court verdicts over party candidates for the election and conflict in some states.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos State, Muyiwa Adejobi, released a statement titled ‘Lagos East Senatorial and Kosofe Constituency II bye-elections: Police declare restriction order, sue for peaceful conduct’.
He also announced on Twitter the restriction of movements from 6am to 6pm in Somolu, Kosofe, Epe, Ikorodu and Ibeju-Lekki LGAs in the state.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, added that the restriction was in place to ensure free, fair and credible elections.
The statement said the command had deployed a reasonable number of police personnel and other security agents to cover and provide security at the 1,928 polling units in the areas.
The commissioner of police reiterated that there would not be both vehicular and pedestrian movements in and out of the affected local government areas during the elections except those on election duties, essential services and accredited domestic and foreign election observers.
The police boss, however, warned the electorate and political gladiators to play the game according to the rules and provisions of the Electoral Acts, 2010.
He also warned that no police aides or security agents would be allowed to escort their principals or any Very Important Personalities to the polling units.
According to a statement on the website of INEC, about 151 candidates will take part in the elections to fill vacancies in the 11 states occasioned mostly by deaths and resignation to contest higher offices.
A breakdown of the candidates in the bye-elections indicates that while Bayelsa Central Senatorial District has 11 candidates, Bayelsa West Senatorial District has 13.
Others are Nganzai and Bayo constituencies in Borno State ( 14); Dass State Constituency in Bauchi (10); Cross River North Senatorial District (9); Obudu Constituency in Cross River (6); and Isu-Uzo State Constituency in Enugu (9).
There are also Imo North Senatorial District (14); Bakori State Constituency in Katsina State (13); Ibaji State Constituency in Kogi State (8); Lagos East Senatorial District (12); Kosofe II Constituency in Lagos State (8); Plateau South Senatorial District (10) and Bakura State Constituency in Zamfara State (14).
While the election is taking place, reports show that there is crisis in Cross River North Senatorial District in the race to replace Senator Rose Okoh, who died early this year.
This is because two courts of equal jurisdictions had Wednesday in Abuja and Calabar issued conflicting orders.
But in the final list released by INEC, the name of Dr. Stephen Odey is recognised as the authentic candidate.
For the Imo North Senatorial election, though the name of Ifeanyi Ararume is released by INEC in the final list, a Court of Appeal has ruled directing the name of Frank Ibezim should replace that of Ararume.
However, a federal high court in Abuja disqualified Ibezim as candidate of the APC in the bye-election for making false declaration in the documents he submitted to INEC.
The court directed INEC to expunge Ibezim’s name from the list of candidates for the bye-election.
Breaking: Sam Anyanwu Emerges S’east Consensus Candidate for PDP National Secretary
Senator Samuel Anyanwu has emerged the consensus candidate of the South East zone of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) for the position of the National Secretary of the opposition party in the forthcoming National convention.
Anyanwu who hails from Imo State, was a member of the 8th Senate where he represented Imo East Senatorial district under the platform of the Peoples Democratic party.
A statement issued by the National Vice Chairman of the party for South East zone, Chief Ali Odefa, said Anyanwu emerged the consensus candidate after thorough deliberation by the leaders and members of the party in the zone.
The statement issued on Friday and made available to journalists in Abakaliki said “the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Southeast zone has once again displayed its maturity and readiness to reclaim all its stolen mandates in the zone through the peaceful and united manner in which the zone arrived at a consensus in nominating an illustrious son of the zone, Sen. Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu (Sam Daddy) as the zone’s sole candidate for the position of National Secretary of our great party ahead of our national convention.
“The PDP in the Southeast by this honourable and uniting act has once again put its detractors who thought that the fortunes of the party will be destabilized by the ceding of the plum position to the zone.
“The PDP in the Southeast is now more than ever prepared and ready for the task ahead.
“We are sincerely grateful to our leaders in the zone who despite their natural human differences have united and formed a common front in our avowed reclamation of the Southeast for our great party.
“Despite the desperation of political jobbers and power mongers who have adopted all manner of undemocratic moves to lure away our members, the Southeast remains a stronghold of the PDP and we assure our teeming members and supporters that our great party remains strong, firm, on ground and poised for victory as the 2023 general elections approaches.
‘You’ve failed your constituents’, Ganduje hits back at Shekarau, others
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has reacted to the petition written by a group of lawmakers led by Senator Ibrahim Shekarau.
The group under the auspices of Joint Stakeholders Forum had written a petition to the APC headquarters on Wednesday, alleging that they had been sidelined despite contributing to the success of the party.
They also demanded the cancellation of the ward and local government congresses of the party.
The other signatories to the petition were Senator Barau Jibrin (Kano North); as well as House of Representative members: Sha’aban Sharada (Kano Municipal), Tijjani Jobe (Dawakin Tofa/Tofa/Rimingado), Haruna Dederi (Karaye/Rogo) and Nasiru Auduwa (Gabasawa/Gezawa); and Shehu Dalhatu, Chairman, Buhari Support Group.
But reacting to their allegations during a stakeholders’ meeting at Government House in in Kano on Thursday, the governor said it was unfortunate that leading members of the party in the state are doing disservice to the party.
He said the aggrieved group do not believe in the party structure since they rejected the party leadership from ward to state level.
“You have failed to deliver good projects to your constituents and you are facing problems then you accused me of your travails?”
“The money you are collecting in Abuja has not come down to your constituents and you’re blaming me? You’re taking me as scapegoat to your problems.
“The congress will hold and the doors are opened to all from every camp to come and contest. It is either by election or by consensus.
“Even where there are no opposing candidates, the contestant will still be subjected to voting” he said.
Earlier, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa, criticised the group, saying “as far as the true stakeholders of the party is concerned, there is no crisis within the party.”
BREAKING: Iyorchia Ayu emerges consensus chairmanship candidate of PDP
Former Senate President Iyorchia Ayu has emerged the consensus chairmanship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
His choice came after a marathon meeting of the Northern Caucus of the PDP held at Bauchi State Governors’ Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP had zoned the position of National Chairman to the North apart from endorsing the decision of Zoning Committee which said the current National Working Committee (NWC) positions be swapped between the North and the South.
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