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INEC says no electronic authentication, no voting in Anambra 

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that eligible voters in the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State must use its new Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS ).

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said the move was to eliminate the possibility of voting by identity theft using another person’s Permanent Voter Card (PVC ).

He spoke on Monday in Abuja during the commission’s third quarterly meeting with political parties.

According to him, many stakeholders, including leaders of political parties, have called on the commission to strengthen the voter accreditation process during elections, especially with reference to the use of incident form, where the Smart Card Reader (SCR ) failed to authenticate the fingerprints of a voter.

Such concern, Yakubu added, was legitimate, given that the SCR successfully verifies any card that belongs to the polling unit, for which it is configured, irrespective of who presents it.

The INEC boss said, “Where the fingerprint and facial authentication fail,” the voter would not be allowed to vote. “In other words, no electronic authentication, no voting, ” he declared.

The commission expressed its conviction that the new machine is robust enough to further guarantee the credibility of voter authentication and transparent management of results during elections.

It intends to carry out a pilot exercise with the new device in Delta State during the Isoko South 1 State Assembly by -election on Saturday, September 11 , 2021.

“The BVAS is expected to perform the functions of SCR and Z-Pad in the by-election,” he said.

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Alleged Academic Scandal: You’re PDP Agents, Tinubu Campaign Organisation Tells Group

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Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Presidential Campaign Organisation on Saturday, decsribed the allegations by Centre for Reform and Public Advocacy against the Presidential Candidate, All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, as untrue.
Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Director, Media and Communications of the organisation, stated this while responding to the allegations levelled against the APC candidate for the 2023 Presidential Election on his academic qualifications.
Onanuga, who spoke in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said the group was only bringing up issues where there was non.
He said the APC presidential candidate was more than qualified to be Nigeria’s president.
NAN reports that the civil right group, in Abuja on Saturday, said it had given the Inspector-General (I-G) of Police a 48- hour ultimatum to arrest and initiate criminal prosecution against Tinubu for allegedly supplying false academic qualifications to secure nomination.
The Legal Adviser of the group, Mr Kalu Agu, threatened that should the I-G fail to act, a court action would be instituted against him (the I-G) for an order of mandamus to compel him to effect the arrest of Tinubu at the end of the ultimatum.
Agu alleged that the former Lagos State governor was not legally qualified to become the next president of Nigeria on account of supplying false information on oath, in his Form EC9 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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He alleged that in 1999, Tinubu claimed to have attended Saint Paul Aroloya Children Home School, Ibadan between 1958 and 1964 and Government College Ibadan, between 1965 and 1969, only to turn around in 2022 that he never attended any primary or secondary school in his EC9 form.
The lawyer claimed that the petition, calling for arrest and prosecution of Tinubu, was submitted to the I-G since June 16.
He, however, lamented that up till now, the police authority had not deemed it fit to effect the arrest of the politician.
Agu explained that the position of his group was not politically motivated but predicated on the need for good governance and transparent leadership Nigeria deserved in the 2023 general elections.
But reacting, Onanuga said in 1999, the former governor did not submit any fake certificate to the electoral umpire.
According to him, the one (certificate) people keep refering to that he submitted was not even filled by him.
He recalled that the Lagos State House of Assembly exonerated Tinubu in its report.
“Asiwaju was exonerated in the House of Assembly’s report because Senator Afikuyomi said he filled the form on his behalf then.
“The same certificate he gave to INEC this year, he used in 2003 and there was no issue then. Why are they raising issues now?
“And what people don’t know is that when he was on exile, his house at Balarabe Musa Crescent in Victoria Island was burnt by the military and he couldn’t pick out a pin from the razed building.
“This was what happened that time and if in 2022, he (Tinubu) now drew blank on that session, what offence has he committed?
“Those who are making noise are PDP agents who are just trying to raise issues where there is none,” he said.
The campaign spokesman further said that all one needed to have attained to be Nigeria’s president is a school certificate but that the APC candidate had qualification higher than primary school certificate.
“People making noise are PDP agents. They cannot just be coming out to raise issues where there are non-issues.
“He (Tinubu) is more than qualified to be president of Nigeria,” he said.
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You sound like Buhari, Aisha Yesufu blasts Peter Obi over tweet

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Aisha Yesufu

Aisha Yesufu berated Peter Obi for ‘standing with’ the Ike Ekweremadu and his family following their arrest in London over allegations of organ harvesting.

Aisha Yesufu feels Obi had acted like President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that it was earlier reported that former Deputy Senate President, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu were arrested in the UK for allegedly facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploiting them and harvest their organs.

The couple were arraigned before a magistrate in a UK court and subsequently denied bail after their not guilty plea.

And in reaction to the news of the Ekweremmadu’s arrest, Obi in a tweet expressed his sympathies and prayed for their daughter’s healing while calling for justice to take its course.

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The LP flag bearer Peter Obi tweeted, “My family and I are with the Ekweremadus over their travail. We join all men of goodwill in praying for the healing of their daughter and commit them into God’s hand for justice to be done.”

However, Aisha Yesufu feels Peter Obi’s reaction wasn’t well explained and sounded like one of Buhari’s statements, which she found difficult to interpret for the last seven years.

She wondered why Obi never mentioned the 15-year-old boy involved in the story.

Aisha tweeted, “This is not good! I have spent 7 years getting an explanation from others of what Buhari actually means to say and for others to start doing it again with Obi is absolute BS!

You can stand with the Ekweremadus and also stand with the boy. You can ask for justice for both.

“You can feel empathy and sympathy for the girl that is sick and also feel concern for the boy.”

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INEC bows to pressure, extends voters registration indefinitely

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INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the extension of its Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) across the country.

The commission had fixed the exercise to end on June 30.

But following the renewed interest of Nigerians, especially the youth, there have been pressure from many quarters on the commission to consider extending the exercise.

Without giving a specific date for the new deadline, the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, at the Youth Vote Count concert in Abuja on Saturday, said the exercise continues.

“The youth want to know when the registration will end. I want to assure you on behalf of the commission that the registration won’t end on June 30. For as long as we have you people trying to register, we will continue to register you,” Mr Yakubu declared at the main bowl of Old Parade Ground.

He said not less than 14,000 persons have also been registered at the concert venue since it became opened to registrants on June 20.

Similar figures, largely made up of the youth, were also recorded at the first leg of the concert in Lagos a couple of weeks back.

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“In the last five days, we have registered over 14,000 Nigerians in this place alone. We have about 50 voter registration machines. For as long as you people have been trying to register to obtain your PVC, we will continue to register you and we will continue to make sure that you get your PVC,” the INEC chairman reassured the fun-loving youths at the awareness campaign/concert the commission organised in partnership with European Union (EU) and YIAGA Africa.

Before Mr Yakubu’s latest disclosure, there was an interim order issued by the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday restrained the electoral body from going ahead with its plan to end the exercise on June 30.

The judge, Mobolaji Olajuwon, ruled on the case based on the application filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 185 other concerned Nigerians.

SERAP and the other applicants in the case had argued that if the electoral body planned to end the exercise at the end of the month, it would illegally disenfranchise many Nigerians from getting their Permanent Voters Card (PVC).

On its part, the House of Representatives, last week, also urged INEC to extend the voter registration by 60 days. This was against the backdrop of various challenges recorded at various centres during the exercise.

 

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