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Abia: Results in 3 LGs cancelled

Results of the April 11 governorship and state assembly elections in three local governments of Abia state have been cancelled. The affected councils are Obingwa, Isiala Ngwa North and Osisioma. Announcing the cancellation at INEC state headquarters in Umuahia, the state collation/ returning officer, Professor Benjamin Ozumba said that reports from international observers showed that election in the affected councils were characterized by violence.

He insisted there was “incontrovertible evidence” to warrant the cancellation.

While PDP agent, Hon Solomon Ogunji protested against the cancellation the APGA agent lauded the action of the state collation/returning officer, saying it was in line with the complaints made by his party.

Before the cancellations were announced the result of the governorship poll in Osisioma had been announced with PDP scoring 42, 122 votes as against APGA with 1, 017.


Akwa Ibom: Collation officer beaten up

The INEC Collation Officer in Uruefong Oruko, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Emmanuel Akpan, said “The election results were recorded under serious threat and beatings”.

Akpan said this in INEC office in Uyo on Sunday when he was called upon by the panel to announce the breakdown of the results in the area.

Akpan, with swelling eyes and face because of the beatings and bruises, was asked out of the seat till a later time.



Ekiti: APC lawmakers seek re-election from hiding

APC lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly seeking re-election refused to appear in their respective constituencies during the Assembly poll held across the country on Saturday. Many people attributed this to a fear of being attacked by citizens averse to an impeachment plot against the state’s governor.

The Speaker of the Assembly and leader of APC caucus, Hon. Adewale Omirin, who was seeking re-election to represent Gbonyin constituency, could not visit his Aisegba Ekiti hometown for fear that he could be attacked by thugs.

Also in Irepodun /Ifelodun Constituency II, Hon. Ayodeji Odu, Omowumi Ogunlola (Ijero), Gbenga Odebunmi (Ekiti West II, Gbenga Erinle (Ilejemeje), Kehinde Boluwade (Emure) and Folorunso Ogundele (Efon), among others, who were re-contesting could not show up in their towns.


Adamawa: PDP give Mua’zu ultimatum. Win 20 states or go

Major stakeholders and founding fathers of the PDP in Adamawa State clamouring for the sack of the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mua’zu and members of the National Working Committee of the party have issued an ultimatum on them.

Spokesman of the group, Senator Abubakar Halilu Girei said they had resolved to ask Mua’zu and the NWC members to resign if the party failed to win at least 20 out of the 36 states of the federation in the governorship election.

He told journalists in Yola on Saturday, that they would be forced to resign if Mua’zu did not meet the benchmark. Girei lamented that the PDP stakeholders had smelt rat in the process of nomination and emergence of governorship candidates that were not popular with their people “but by sheer greasing of the palms of NWC members, they emerged as candidates at the expense of those popular with the people.”

According to him, their decisions were informed by series of petitions and.


Kano: Police arrest 14 persons over destroyed electoral materials

The Kano State Police Command on Saturday arrested 14 persons for allegedly snatching and destroying ballot boxes and papers in Kauran-Mata ward in Madobi Local Government Area of the Kano State.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Magaji Majiya, who confirmed the arrest during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano, said the suspects were apprehended in Kauran-Mata village after destroying the materials meant for governorship and state House of Assembly elections in the area.

He said the police was on the trail of five other persons suspected to be involved in the incident, adding that the damaged electoral materials, including ballot papers had been replaced.


Niger: INEC releases state assembly results

INEC on Sunday released results of Saturday’s state assembly polls in four constituencies in Niger.

The results from Shiroro, Chanchaga, Bida 1 and Bida 2 were released.

In Shiroro, the Returning officer, Dr Baba Ndaliman, said APC candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Bawa, won the seat with 26,207 votes, and PDP candidate, Mr Andrew Doma, came second with 8,975 while the APGA candidate, Alhaji Baba Wakili, got 34 votes.

In Chanchaga, the INEC returning officer, Prof. Hussaini Maku, said that the APC candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Marafa, won with of 44,895 votes, while the PDP candidate, Hajiya Jummai Jafaru, got 13,459 votes and the APGA candidate got 275.

From Bida 1, Prof. Elizabeth Onwuka, announced that APC got the seat with 17,943 votes, while the PDP got 4, 599 votes.

In Bida 2, Prof. Abdulmajeed Ijaiya, the returning officer, said that the APC clinched the constituency with 16, 976 while PDP got 5,231 votes.


Akwa Ibom: Five feared dead, journalist missing

Five persons are feared dead in Akwa Ibom State, while the whereabouts a reporter with one of the local tabloids, Radar Newspaper, Mr. Aniedi Ukoenang’s is unknown.
The killings occurred at Ward 5, Unit 14, Mbiabong Etoi and Shelter Afrique (Uyo); Ndiya in Nsit Ubium; Etim Ekpo, and Ini Local Government Areas of the state.
The reporter was said to have been abducted by some thugs at Ekpeyong Ufum village, Odoro Ikot clan in Essien Udim LGA. Publisher of the tabloid, Mr. Franklyn Isong, confirmed the kidnap of the reporter.
Akwa Ibom: Ex-NYSC boss, Corpers arrested thumb printing ballot papers

Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom, Mr Austin Okojie, said a former NYSC boss, Maj.-Gen. Edet Akpan, and ten corps members have been arrested for alleged electoral offences.
Okojie disclosed this in Uyo while briefing newsmen on challenges experienced in the governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.
He told NAN that they were arrested at Akpan residence in Nsit Atai Local Government Area, while allegedly thumb printing ballot papers, and that they were being interrogated by security agencies.
Kebbi: Soldiers kill 3, gunmen 1

Three persons were killed by soldiers in Suru local government area of Kebbi State after pandemonium broke out.
According to eyewitness account, the incident occurred at a village called Bayan Dutsi when voters suspected the INEC supervisor in the area of malpractice and descended on him beating him to coma.
“The voters, most of whom were youths beat the supervisor to coma whom they accused of electoral malpractice at the polling unit, when the army came, the youth started stoning them and then the army just opened fire killing 3 people,” the eye witness said.
Police Public Relation Officer in Kebbi, Nafiu Abubakar confirmed the incident, saying investigation was ongoing.
Also, unknown gun men shot dead one Umaru Gomma, a renowned APC politician at Kanya in Danko Wasagu local government area of the state.

Bauchi: Councilor clubbed to death
Chairperson of Bogoro Local Government area, Bauchi state Ms. Hassana Arkila has confirmed the death of a serving PDP councilor representing Gizaki/Badagari ward , Bogoro local council, Mr Musa Daniel.
The late Musa Daniel was said to have been clubbed to death by angry youth while on electoral duty, in the local government.
Arkila described the death of the councilor as unfortunate saying the incident is the handwork of saboteurs of democracy, adding; ” I am also assuring the people of Bauchi state that the full wrath of law will catch up with the attackers, sooner than they would think”.


Ondo: INEC cancels poll in some towns over violence

INEC in Ondo State has cancelled the House of Assembly election in about 22 units comprising Ilaje, Ugbo and other parts of the state where polls were disrupted.
Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, gave the hint as information filtered in that ballot boxes and papers, meant for several units in Ayetoro and Ugbo Ward 2, were snatched by armed men. He said the elections will be rescheduled in areas where there were no elections at all.
Ilepete community, the collation centre for Ugbo Ward 3, was also reportedly attacked by armed thugs, who engaged in sporadic shooting at Ilowo to scare voters away.
INEC also confirmed that there was no voting at Itekule, in Ondo East Local Government, as sustained gunshots kept voters indoors throughout the accreditation and voting period.
Plateau: Confusion over voter shot dead
Soldier kills voter, 21
There are conflicting reports over what led to the shooting of a 21-year-old man, Salim Nasir, at the Ali Kazaure polling unit in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.
One report said he was shot after he engaged a supporter of another party in a scuffle, and that in the course of the scuffle, he drew a knife against his opponent, and when a soldier tried to take it from him, he struggled with the soldier.
It was learnt that another soldier at the polling unit, fired at him.
STF spokesman, Capt. Ikedichi Iweha, who commented the incident, described it as unfortunate.
However, another report stated that Salim ran into the voting arena at the Ali Kazaure Polling Unit, grabbed the ballot box and attempted to run away with it.
A source told NAN that security operatives keeping vigil at the polling unit, ran after Salim, arrested him and hurled him into their security vehicle, a Toyota Hilux, and as they made to move the vehicle, Salim jumped out and started running.
The security operatives were said to have ran after Salim and shot him dead.

Akwa Ibom: APC opts out

The APC in Akwa Ibom State has said it will no longer take part in the governorship and state House of Assembly elections in the state, and demanded for a cancellation of the exercise in the state.

It said its decision followed reported widespread hijack of electoral materials by thugs and armed fake policemen, suspected to be sponsored by the PDP.

The APC governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Umana Umana, said out of 1,571 registered voters, only 450 ballot papers were sent to his polling unit.


Adamawa: Voters defy hazy weather

Despite the hazy weather being experienced in Adamawa State since the early hours of the day, voters trooped out to the various polling units to cast their votes.

In some areas, INEC officials arrived at their centres as early as 7am, while hundreds of displaced persons from Michika and Madagali were said to have slept at the INEC designated IDPs voting centres.

Stern looking soldiers were deployed at strategic locations to maintain law and order.


Delta: Gunmen snatch materials, attack policewoman

Three gunmen at about 1.30pm stormed a voting unit at Ebedeni ‎Ward 6, Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State and snatched ballot papers and boxes.

Before escaping, the gunmen descended on the only policewoman at the station, removed her head dress ‎ and took away her identity card.

The resident Electoral Commission in the state, Mr. Aniedi Ikiowak, was said to have visited the place shortly after the incident.


Bayelsa: Mama Peace missing in action

President Goodluck Jonathan arrived his polling unit in Otuoke, his hometown, at 10.55am and was accredited two minutes later.

There was low turnout of voters as most people in Bayelsa State shunned the elections.

Admitting the apathy, Jonathan said interest in the state house of assembly (there is no governorship election taking place in this state) was poor compared with the presidential one.

However, the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan was conspicuously absent. It was not clear at press time if she was in her native Rivers State.


Delta: Policemen, INEC driver escape mob attack

An angry mob almost lynched two policemen and an INEC driver in Warri for allegedly attempting to divert election materials meant for the election.

The trio was driving out of the commission’s complex on Esisi Road, Warri when some party agents grew suspicious of their movement and confronted them.

The party agents demanded to search the van with registration number Presidency FG 714V01, and to everyone’s surprise, they found bundles of incident forms and some result sheets concealed under one of the passenger’s seats.


Kano: Low voters’ turnout

There was low voters’ turnout in most areas of Kano state for the election.

In places like Sabon Gari, Brigade Quarters, Tudun Wada, Taurani and Ungogo, voters did not turn out in large numbers like they did during the presidential and National Assembly elections.

However, in areas like Gwagwaruwa, Kurna Asabe, Gingiyu, Jirgiya, Albasu town, and Ganduje, the home town of Kano State Deputy Governor who is the APC governorship candidate, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, voters turned out en mass to perform their civic responsibilities.

There were pockets of crises recorded in few places, which security agencies on ground to quickly quell them.


Ebonyi: PDP Chairman killed…

PDP chairman for Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Mr. Emeka Nworie, was assassinated by unknown gunmen.

The assailants numbering five, stormed his country home, at about 4:20am, at Onu Nweke Ezeagu, robbed him of his belonging including cash, before shooting him dead. Another man Mike Ojor in Ikwo Nnoyo in Ikwo local government area of the state was also targeted and killed.

Confirming the incident, the police image maker of the Ebonyi State Command, ASP Mr. Chris Anyanwu, said investigation into the murder has commenced.


Lagos: Voter beaten for taking picture of soldiers

There was pandemonium at Polling Unit 046, Sam Sonibare Street, Surulere, Lagos, as a team of soldiers beat up a youth for taking their pictures.

A brother of the victim, who identified himself only as Ade, said, “We were undergoing the accreditation exercise by the polling unit when about 25 soldiers in a truck drove by. My brother brought out his phone to take pictures but when the soldiers saw him, they alighted from their vehicles and descended on him.

“They beat him up and kicked him repeatedly. They then seized the phone and drove off.”


Osun: Unknown gunmen take over polling unit

Unknown gunmen early Saturday took over the Town Hall Polling Zone in Ilase-Ijesa, Obokun Local Government Area, State of Osun and scared away prospective voters.

Though a detachment of police and other security agents came to the scene to restore order during which the thugs dispersed, the gunmen returned shortly after the law enforcement officers departed.

Sporadic gun shots were heard shortly after this which forced many prospective voters to scamper for safety again.


Rivers: One feared dead, thugs exchange bullets

At least one person has been feared dead in a gun battle alleged to have been between thugs of the two main political parties in the state at Omuawa community in Ikwerre LGA.

The shooting which occurred at the Omuawa-Ubima road, leading to Amaechi’s community started around 10am as the residents of the area fled for safety. The cause of the gun battle could not be confirmed.

Meanwhile, a Channels TV camera man, Mr. Maurice Bassey was beaten up at the Rumumasi area in Obio/Akpor LGA by some political thugs. He sustained some bruises.



GEJ, Buhari lead supporters to vote (See pix)

President Goodluck Jonathan being accredited in Otueke, Bayelsa State


President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, and his wife, at his polling unit in Daura, Katsina State


Vice president-elect, Yomi Osinbajo, and his wife being accredited in Lagos


APC governorship candidate in Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode (in red cap) waiting to be accredited


APC governorship candidate in Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, and his wife, at his polling unit


Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, and his wife waiting to be accredited in Surulere


Vice president Namadi Sambo, arriving his polling unit in Kaduna State


Former vice president Atiku Abubakar being accredited in Adamawa State


Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko being accredited


Former Taraba State governor, Danbaba Suntai of being accredited



Speaker of the House of Representatives, and APC governorship candidate, Aminu Tambuwal, casting his vote


Tinubu 1
For Lagos State governor, and APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, waiting to be accredited in Ikeja, Lagos State


David Mark 1
Senate president, David Mark casting his vote in Benue state

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  1. Don Lucassi

    April 12, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Why is Danbaba Suntai being accredited in his car? Health issues or big manism?

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