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Court disqualifies Ize-Iyamu’s running mate in Edo gov poll

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The Edo State High Court sitting in Benin on Wednesday invalidated the candidature of Audu Ganiyu as the All Progressives Congress running mate in the September 19, 2020 governorship election.

A member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Kadiri Oshoakhemhe, had in a suit No: B/358/20 filed a case against the APC deputy governorship candidate and two others.

The presiding judge, Justice H.A Courage-Ogbebor, said that Ganiyu presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission in his Form EC9.

Ganiyu was the running mate to Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC governorship candidate in the last governorship poll won by Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Ize-Iyamu, in his reaction to the judgement, said, “I have received the news of the judgement delivered today 6th day of January 2021 by the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City disqualifying me and my running mate, Hon Gani Audu, from contesting the gubernatorial election held in Edo state on 19th September 2020.

“This judgement to say the least is unfortunate and utterly wrong. I have already instructed my counsel to appeal against the judgement, as I am convinced that the Court of Appeal will dispassionately consider the facts presented before the court and arrive at a just decision in accordance with the law.

“I urge all my teeming supporters to remain calm and law abiding. Justice will surely prevail in this matter to the glory of our God.”

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PDP governors insist on e-transmission of election results

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The Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum has insisted on electronic transmission of election results, saying it will guarantee free and fair poll.
The Senate had passed The Electoral Act Amendment Bill to empower the Nigerian Communications Commission to determine the electronic transmission of election results, while the House of Representatives adopted the use of technology “where practicable”.
Addressing journalists in Bauchi after the PDP governors met on Monday, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, said the electronic transmission of election results must be part of the country’s laws.
“On the electoral act amendment bill, the governors identified the need for a free, fair and credible elections in the country and called on the national assembly to entrench electronic transmission of results of elections in the nation’s electoral jurisprudence,” Tambuwal said.
The governor urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, NCC, and Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), among other government agencies, to deploy the necessary infrastructure that would facilitate the electronic transmission of election results.
“The governors noted that the method was prone to massive rigging and such other electoral malpractices as evidenced in the 2018 APC primary elections. Political parties should be allowed to decide their method of conduct of primaries as such would promote internal democracy,” he said.
The governors also called on Nigerians “to use the opportunity of the PDP e-registration exercise which will kick off soon, to register as PDP members, while PDP members should update their membership electronically”.

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PDP governors meet today on insecurity, e-transmission of poll results

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Official positions and suggestions by the governors of the Peoples Democratic Party on insecurity situation in the country and electronic transmission of election results by the electoral body are expected to be made known today Monday July 26 after their meeting in Bauchi.
The party announced in a statement by the Director-General of the PDP Governors’ Forum (PDP-GF), Cyril Maduabum, on Sunday.
Maduabum said that PDP governors would, at the meeting, examine and deliberate on the current state of the nation, and the state of their respective states.
He said the health of Nigeria’s democracy, including the electoral act amendment, constitution alteration bills, pending before the national assembly, would also feature in discussions at the meeting.
Maduabum said the meeting would continue to interrogate the federal government’s response to insecurity that was still pervading the country and proffer workable solutions.
He said that the governors would continue to benchmark and exchange information and ideas on best practices on various aspects of governance in their respective states, which had become major beacons of light, delivering substantial democracy benefits through projects and policies impacting on the lives of Nigerians.
“The Governors will also receive Reports of some of the committees working on various aspects of party repositioning, including the e- Registration programme of the Party.”
Maduabum said that Bala Mohammed, Bauchi state governor, would be the chief host, while Aminu Tambuwal, forum chairman, would preside over the meeting.

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APC clears 17 of 20 Ogun LGA poll

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Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission has declared chairmanship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winners in 17 out of the 20 local government areas in Saturday’s council poll.
Among the winners are veteran journalists and publishers: Wale Adedayo (polled 9,660, Ijebu East); Babatunde Emilola – Gazal ( polled 6,178, Ijebu – Ode); Odulate Olashile (polled 20,925 Sagamu); Shuab Ladejobi (polled 14,985 Odogbolu) and Odusanya Bolaji (polled 25,701 Ijebu-North).

Results from the remaining three LGAs – Ado/Odo/Ota, Ifo and Abeokuta- were being expected and may be declared from 1:30pm on Sunday.
About 12 political parties, including Labour Party(LP); New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) participated in the exercise.
But a faction of PDP pulled out at the eleventh hour from the contest.
Chairman of OGSIEC, Babatunde Osibodu, who announced the results in batches, described the election as one of the most peaceful, credible and fair in Ogun State.

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