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INEC may start e-voting with Anambra governorship election 2021

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The Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on Wednesday hinted the much totuted Electronic voting in the country may begin from the Anambra State gubernatorial election slated next year.

Prof. Yakubu dropped the hint while speaking with newsmen shortly after 2021 budget defence session before the House Committee on Electoral Matters.

He stated that about 40 companies had demonstrated on e-voting to the commission but a decision was yet to be reached.

He said, “They have demonstrated. The next stage is for the commission to decide. So, its too early to tell you the cost or when the process will be concluded.

“But we’re determined, we are going to deploy electronic voting machines, or electronic ballot machines in elections, possibly we commence with the Anambra Governorship elections next year. ”

The INEC boss, however, declined to speak on what the country is to expect from him as the INEC boss during his second tenure saying “I have not been confirmed by the Senate yet, wait till I’m confirmed, then I will tell you what to expect from the Commission.”

There was however some bickering on as the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, made to present its 2021 budget proposal to the House Committee on Electoral Matters.

Immediately after the Chairperson, Hon. Aisha Dukku, delivered her opening address, the Chairman of INEC made to commence the outlay of the 2021 proposal, but a lawmaker, Solomon Bob, (Rivers) under a point of order noted that it would be pointless and counterproductive to do such.

According to him, the 2020 budget performance is the real kernel of the matter.

He recalled that throughout 2020, there was no oversight of the INEC due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, he said it was imperative to know how the appropriation given was utilized before other funds would be given.

But the Chairperson of the Committee, Aisha Dukku, ruled him out of order, saying as the chairperson of the committee, she had the prerogative to structure the order of events.

But after the presentation of the 2021 proposal, Uzoma Abonta (Abia PDP) and Yusuf Tajudeen (Kogi PDP) insisted on asking questions on the 2020 budget performance of the organisation.

They said if the INEC was not comfortable with discussing issues in the open, they should go into a closed door session.

The Chairperson capitulated and all the commissioners, directors, the Permanent Secretary, journalists and aides to lawmakers in the committee room were asked to leave, with only the INEC chairman and the lawmakers remaining.

One of the national commissioners who were asked to stay outside, Mr Festus Okoye, however, told journalists that there was nothing strange about the committee opting to meet with only Yakubu behind closed doors.

He said, “They have their own rules; they set their own rules so we have to comply. They can invite only the chairman for a meeting, so there is nothing strange in what is happening now.”

The INEC boss had earlier informed the committee that the commission had to revert to its special fund, created under section three of the Electoral Act, in order to meet its mandates, due to a drastic reduction of its budget after the review.

According to him, its initial budget of N40bn was reduced to N36bn, when the commission was already in the middle of implementation, and so had to draw N5.2bn from the INEC Fund in order to deliver on its mandate.

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BREAKING: APC NWC declares Edo Gov primary inconclusive

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BREAKING: APC NWC declares Edo Gov primary inconclusive

Following crisis that rocked last Saturday’s Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) Gubernatorial Primary Election, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party has declared the shadow election inconclusive.

The party said it will conclude the exercise on Thursday, February 22.

A decision to this effect was reached on Tuesday night at an emergency meeting of the NWC to consider the report of the election submitted by Gov. Hope Uzodinma’s primary election committee at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.

The Nation learnt that the National Chairman  Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the National Secretary, Sen. Ajibola Basiru briefed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the Villa of the outcome of the election.

Though details of the meeting at the Villa were not made public, a source said the President expressed concerns at the turn of events during the shadow election and directed the NWC ensure that the exercise was concluded.

Addressing newsmen after the meeting, which lasted about three hours, National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, said that based on the election report, NWC resolved that the primary election was not completed.

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According to Morka: “At its emergency meeting held today, Tuesday, February 20, 2024, to consider the report on the Edo State Governorship Primary Election, the National Working Committee (NWC) deliberated on the report and resolved that the Edo State Governorship Primary Election has not been completed, and has now fixed Thursday, February 22, 2024, for the completion of the Primary Election Process.”

Efforts to get details of the arrangement for the Thursday exercise failed as Morka declined further comments

Three of the 10 aspirants who contested the election are laying claim to victory. Two aspirants withdrew from the election a few hours before commencement.

Governor Hope Uzodinma’s Primary Election Committee on Saturday declared Hon. Dennis Idahosa winner having polled 40,453 votes, while Senator Okpebholo was returned winner by the Chief Returning Officer, Dr. Stanley Ugboaja and Hon. Anamero Sunday Dekeri was declared victorious by the spokesman of local government returning officers, Mr Ojo Babatunde.

As of the close of work on Tuesday, three of the aspirants have filed their petition to the Appeal Committee and the office of the national chairman of the party.

Two of the aspirants, Dekeri and Okpebholo asked the NWC to issue them certificates of return while Osunbor called for outright cancellation of the exercise, claiming there was no election in the 192 wards of the State last Saturday.

The three petitioners were billed to appear before the election appeal committee on Wednesday before the new development.

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Edo: Angry youths, women storm APC secretariat, demand sack of state exco

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Edo: Angry youths, women storm APC secretariat, demand sack of state exco

Angry youths and women have taken over the All Progressives Congress secretariat in Benin, Edo State, demanding the removal of the state executives led by acting Chairman Jarret Tenebe following Saturday’s governorship primary election.

The poll resulted in three winners.

Governor Hope Uzodimma, chairman of the primary’s electoral committee, named Dennis Idahosa the winner, but returning officer Stanley Ugboaja declared Monday Okpebholo the winner.

Also, Ojo Babatunde, who claimed to represent the returning officials in all local governments, named Anamero Dekeri the winner of the election.

The throng, led by the party’s youth leader, Tony Adun, also known as Kabaka, forced their way into the offices, removing furniture, bags of rice, and other equipment.

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They promised to occupy the building for seven days.

Adun said they were protesting against the conduct of the officials at Saturday’s primary election of the party, which threw up three winners, noting that it was obvious the executives worked against the party.

He vowed that they would not leave the premises until the exco is dissolved. They also said that they would cook, eat and stay there for seven days.

Adun said, “It is clear that the party exco in the state are no longer working on the interest of the party so it is time for them to leave.

“We are here in solidarity with Dennis Idahosa who the party has nominated. We call on party members to back Idahosa’s candidacy in the governorship election in September.

“As you can see, we are here in large numbers, youths and women, to show our displeasure over the way the exco handled the election.”

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Edo guber : Third APC governorship candidate emerges from Oshiomhole’s zone

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Edo guber : Third APC governorship candidate emerges from Oshiomhole’s zone

The confusion trailing the All Progressives Congress governorship primary election in Edo State continued on Sunday as Anamero Dekeri became the third aspirant to claim victory.

Anamero currently represents Etsako Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

Former Governor of Edo State, Senator Adams Oshiomhole, who is backing another candidate, Dennis Idahosa, hails from Etsako West one of the three local governments that make up the federal constituency.

One Ojo Babatunde who said he was acting on behalf of all the local government returning officers, said Anamero polled 25,384 votes to beat Dennis Idahosa who polled 14,127 votes to second place.

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Babatunde said, “Hon. Dekeri having met the requirements of the law and scored the highest valid votes cast have been declared winner of the election and returned elected.”

A total of 12 aspirants were screened and cleared for the direct primary by the National leadership of the party, while three, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Lucky Imasuen and Ernest Umakhihe withdrew before the election.

Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State and Chairman of the primary election committee also declared Idahosa winner of the exercise while the returning officer for the primary, Stanley Ugboaja, declared Senator Monday Okpebholo as the APC candidate.

However, thugs had earlier attacked the Lushville Hotel in Benin City where the returning officer, Stanley Ugboaja was announcing the results on Saturday afternoon which left many scampering for safety.

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