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Anambra poll: Soludo leading with 50,000+ votes as INEC fixes Tuesday for supplementary election 

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The people of Anambra State that trooped out last Saturday to vote in the governorship election will have to wait a little longer to know who will be their next governor as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the collation of results for the governorship poll.

But before the suspension of result collation, candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Professor Charles Soludo, was comfortably leading with over 50,000 votes after results from 20 out of the 21 local government areas were declared on Sunday night by INEC.

The results so far declared show that Soludo has secured 103,946 votes, followed by Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party with less than 55,000 votes.

The third major contender, Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has 42,942 votes.

Returning officer for the election, Florence Obi, announced this midnight on Monday.

According to her, the decision to suspend the collation of results is to give room for a supplementary election in the Ihiala LGA, which has been fixed for November 9, 2021.

Ahmadu Umar, the collation officer for Ihiala LGA, had earlier said there was no election in the entire area.

Citing relevant sections of the constitution, the returning officer said the final collation of results could not be done until the polling units in Ihiala LGA are covered.

“The outstanding result is for Ihiala LGA, where for various reasons, the commission could not deploy materials yesterday. Consequently, based on constitutional considerations and provisions of the Electoral Act, as well as revised regulations and guidelines for the conduct of election issued by the commission, supplementary election is indicated for Ihiala local government area,” she said.

Obi also said, “First, section 179(2) of the constitution provides for a candidate to secure both the highest number of votes cast and 25 percent of the votes cast in at least two-third of the LGAs in the state to be declared the winner of the governorship election. Therefore, it is important to complete the election in Ihiala LGA to make this determination.

“Also, section 179(3) of the constitution provides that a runoff election shall take place if no candidate meets the requirement of subsection 2 of the section. Such a runoff shall be between the candidate with the highest number of votes and one among the remaining candidates who secured a majority of votes in the highest number of LGAs in the state. This further underscores the importance of conducting election in Ihiala LGA so that we shall cover all the LGAs to make the declaration.

“Secondly, section 26 of the Electoral Act envisages the postponement of an election where there is a cogent and verifiable reason to do so, especially threat of breach of the team. One major reason for not deploying for election in Ihiala on Saturday, 6th November, is due to security threats which led to staffing and transportation constraints, among others.

“Finally, clause 47 of the revised regulations and guidelines for the conduct of elections provides that supplementary election shall be conducted when the commission, due to logistical challenges, is unable to deploy on election day.

“Given the foregoing, it becomes imperative to bring Ihiala LGA at par with the other 20 LGAs in this election before we can make a valid declaration or take any further action based on the extant law.

“Therefore, I, professor Florence Banku Obi, in my capacity as returning officer for this election, hereby announce the suspension of the process of collation of results and declaration of a winner until a supplementary election is held in the 326 polling units in the Ihiala LGA of the state.”

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2023: Ayu, Obi, other PDP leaders visit Obasanjo

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The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu, on Saturday led other top shots of the party including four former governors and members of the party’s National Working Committee on a visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The team arrived at the Pent House residence of the former President located within his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, at about 12:25pm.
Others in the team are the PDP Vice Presidential candidate in 2019 election, Peter Obi, former governors, Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and Donald Duke (Cross River).
The Deputy National Chairman of PDP (South), Taofeek Arapaja, and other party officials were part of the entourage.
As of the time of the team’s arrival, Obasanjo was not at his residence, as he was attending the interdenominational service for the burial of the late Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu.
He later joined his guests and they went into a closed door session.
Obasanjo, who was twice elected president on PDP platform, renounced his membership of the party, when he fell out with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in the buildup to the 2015 election.
After ordering the chairman of his ward to shred the card to pieces in public, Obasanjo announced that he had quit partisan politics.

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No need to revalidate 2011 PVCs – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says all permanent voter cards (PVCs) it issued require no revalidation.
A message stating that PVCs issued in 2011 need to be revalidated has been circulating on social media platforms.
But in a statement on Friday, Rotimi Oyekanmi, chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, Mahmoud Yakub, said voter cards issued in 2011 could be used to vote in future elections.
“The Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) issued by INEC in 2011 and after can be still be used by their respective owners to vote in all elections, including the upcoming Federal Capital Territoy (FCT) Area Council Elections, the Ekiti and Osun Governorship elections, as well as the 2023 General Election.
“To be sure, PVCs issued in 2011 and after do not need any revalidation.
“It is also not true that the Commission will use the so-called ‘New Card Reader’ for the 2023 General Election.
“What the commission intends to use is a multi-purpose gadget, known as the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED). It is currently being used for the physical registration of voters. During an election, it will facilitate the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which provides for both fingerprint and facial authentication.
“The device will also be used to upload individual polling unit election results to the INEC Result Viewing portal (IReV) in real time on election day.
“The general public should therefore disregard the fake news making the rounds that the PVCs issued in 2011 need revalidation. There is no need to revalidate any PVC issued by INEC for election purposes.”
INEC’s clarification is coming after Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos and presidential aspirant, had had apologised for saying the PVCs in the possession of citizens had expired.

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Nigerians feeling very sorry for electing President Buhari, APC – Ortom

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Samuel Ortom
….says Abuja rice pyramid is fake ….Nigeria cannot display rice pyramid and masses are hungry …..signs amended Benue grazing law proving stiffer penalties for offenders

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, Thursday, said Nigerians are feeling very sorry for electing President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2015 considering the level of insecurity and biting economic hardship in the country.

The Governor who spoke shortly after signing the amended Benue State Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of 2017 in Makurdi said all was not well with the country and there was every need for the President to listen to the cries of Nigerians and come up with policies that would mitigate the economic hardship in the country.

The Governor lamented that Nigeria was in disarray while mediocre and sycophants had surrounded the President saying “corrupt people that are in the government are deceiving you the President. But I must tell you the truth that all is not well.

“You need to listen to us, you need to listen to the voice of the masses who elected you, because they may have been deceived, now we are sorry that we elected you as President of this country.”

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While describing the recent unveiling of rice pyramid in Abuja as a huge fraud by those deceiving the President, Governor Ortom wondered how the government could display a massive rice pyramid yet Nigerians are hungry and not able to feed themselves.

“Somebody explained to me that they got 5,000 sacks of rice and put them on a pyramidal and claimed you have achieved something, but you have not achieve anything. The people behind these things are deceitful, they are telling the President lies.

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