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INEC to deploy 1, 825 ad hoc staff for Kwara bye-election

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INEC chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu

INEC chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu

By Yinusa Ishola

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday said it would deploy 1, 825 ad hoc staff for the Nov. 17 by-election for the vacant House of Representatives seat in Kwara.

Malam Garuba Madami, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, made the disclosure in his remarks at a stakeholders’ meeting in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting held at the Government Secondary School, Omu-Aran, was at the instance of INEC to interact with the stakeholders ahead of the election.

The by-election is in respect of Ekiti, Isin, Irepodun and Oke-Ero Federal Constituency.

It became vacant following the death of Rep. Funke Adedoyin, who was elected in 2015 on the ticket of APC, but later defected to the PDP.

Ms Adedoyin, daughter of the Nigerian industrialist, Samuel Adedoyin, died on Sept. 28 in a hospital in Abuja.

Madami said that 1,532 of the figure was reserved for serving the youth corps members, while the rest were officials of the commission and other categories of workers.

While giving the breakdown of the election statistics across the four local government areas, he said that the councils consist of 42 Registration Areas (RAs), 330 Voting Units and 383 Voting Points.

He gave the total the number of already collected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) across the councils as 122,656, leaving 46, 700 yet to be collected.

The electoral officer expressed disappointment at the low level of PVCs collection in the state, urging the party leaders, traditional rulers and other stakeholders to ensure that the PVCs were collected.

He described the by-election as a litmus test for both the commission and the contending parties ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Madami also expressed the commission’s readiness to conduct a credible, free and fair election that would meet the aspirations of all stakeholders, including the international community.

“Please do not exercise fear; let us conduct ourselves peacefully before, during and after the election in order to achieve the desired aims and objectives,” he said.

Commenting, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, the Olomu of Omu-Aran, appealed to the stakeholders to join hands with the electoral body and security agencies in achieving the desired success.

The monarch was represented by Chief Jide Adebayo, the Eesa of Omu-Aran and a retired Director with the News Agency of Nigeria

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2019 election: Why Fayemi, Osinbajo couldn’t take Trader Moni to Ekiti main markets – PDP

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Lere Olayinka

Lere Olayinka

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State has described as laughable, the decision of the State Governor, Kayode Fayemi to take Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo to the State Pavilion in Ado Ekiti yesterday, for what it called “indirect re-looting of the recovered Abacha loot through the TraderMoni scheme.”

The party said the governor had taken Osinbajo to the Pavilion instead of the usual markets, because, “Fayemi must be afraid of being booed by the market people in the presence of the Vice President as they have done to him before.”

Director of Media and Publicity of the Atiku/Obi PDP Presidential Campaign Council in Ekiti State, Lere Olayinka, said this in a statement to DAILY POST on Tuesday.

He said that Fayemi must be ashamed that he could not take the Vice President to the markets in Ado and Ikere Ekiti for fear of being humiliated by the market people.

Olayinka, who said traders at Oja Bisi in Ado Ekiti chanted Osoko (Fayose’s nickname) the first time Fayemi visited Oja Bisi in Ado Ekiti, added that “the Vice President should ask Fayemi why he chose the pavilion instead of Oja Bisi in Ado Ekiti or Elegberun Market in Ikere Ekiti.”

He described Fayemi as, ”an unwanted governor who after assuming office through dubious means opted to compound his rejection by the people by ruling Ekiti State like a diaspora governor.”

Olayinka said, “Everywhere the Vice President went to share his N10,000 for votes under the guise of TraderMoni, he went to the market. So why didn’t he go to the market in Ekiti? The reason is simple, the market people would have booed him alongside Fayemi as they have done to him before.”

While reiterating that the recovered Abacha loot was being re-looted by the Buhari led government through the TraderMoni scheme, he added, “No responsible government will send its Vice President to the market to share say N10 million to 1,000 traders at N10,000 each while spending over N25 million on maintenance of presidential jet as well as allowances for himself, aides, protocols, security and others just to share about N10 million.

“If not because of their intention to re-loot the Abacha loot and convert it to the funding of the President’s reelection, the federal government would have adopted the YouWin Programme and also focused on youths in technology development instead of going from one
market to the other to share money that cannot be audited.

“Why didn’t they take records of beneficiaries, take them through Biometric and pay the money to their bank accounts so that the disbursement can be traced and properly audited?

“The painful fact is that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Pastor is helping President Buhari to re-loot the recovered Abacha loots through the TraderMoni Scheme.”

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I regret voting for Buhari in 2015, says Gov Ortom

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Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue state

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue state


Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has appealed to the Christian community in the state to forgive him for working for the election of President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 general election.

The governor who disclosed this while interacting with the Christian community during his re-election campaign at Wannune in Tarka local government area of the state, regretted that after the people massively voted for the President, he has decided to pay them back in a bad way.

He implored the people to vote Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, whom he described as the best friend of the Tiv nation.

Governor Ortom who lamented the spate of killing of innocent people by armed Fulani herdsmen, reiterated his stands against the proposed grazing routes by the Buhari administration saying the state under his watch would not cede any piece of land for the creation of the grazing routes.

Ortom regretted that after the law banning anti open grazing law was successfully passed by the state House of Assembly, some indigenes of the state including Senator George Akume came out and betrayed the people before the Presidency that citizens of the state were responsible for the killings.

The governor who also lamented continued killing of farmers including women and children by herdsmen, said the greatest challenge confronting his administration is non-payment of salaries but expressed his readiness to source for funds to clear the backlog to make life more meaningful to the people.

Governor Ortom stated that the All Progressives Congress, APC-controlled federal government failed to address the problems faced by the people by Jihadists who openly declared their conquest and occupation agenda on the state and thereafter failed to give the people justice when they demanded it.

According to him this development coupled with what he described as the deliberate neglect of Benue people by not giving them strategic positions in government prompted him to seek an alternative platform on which to pursue his re-election.

He appealed to the people to seize the opportunity of the general elections this year to vote for all the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who he said will protect their interests and guarantee their survival.

Also, the State PDP Chairman, Mr John Ngbede, had appealed to the people to seize the opportunity of the general elections to vote for all the candidates of the party.

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2019: INEC alleges plans by politicians to use food vendors for vote buying

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INEC chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu


The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC said it has uncovered plans by some politicians to station food vendors within polling units to use them as “cash points” to voters who would sell their votes to them.

Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, revealed Monday in Abuja, when he played host to the European Union Chief Observer, Mrs Maria Arena, that the commission will fight any process that will ridicule its resolve to conduct a transparent, free and fair election in the country.

“Following recent consultations with stakeholders across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria, the attention of the commission was drawn to a new plan by some political actors to use food vendors around polling units with large voter populations as collection points for cash-for-votes as well as other forms of material inducement to voters on Election Day. We are aware of this trick. It will not work,” Yakubu disclosed.

He noted that the Smart Card Readers will be deployed on election day for voter verification, confirmation and authentication.

“We have enhanced them and improved their functionality. Clause 10 of the Regulations and Guidelines recently released by the commission makes the use of Card Readers mandatory. It is an offence to accredit a voter by any other means. INEC not outsourcing ad hoc staff recruitment

“The bulk of ad hoc staff for election duty will be drawn from the pool of young Nigerians serving in the National Youth Service scheme. The commission has established clear criteria for drawing from students of tertiary institutions to make up for any shortfalls. This has been the practice over several electoral cycles. Similarly, Collation and Returning Officers are drawn from senior academic staff of federal universities led by the vice chancellors. We have already commenced the process following our meeting with the vice chancellors last week. In addition, there is a clearly established system of vetting all election duty staff before they are engaged.

“Therefore, the claim that the commission has outsourced the recruitment of election duty staff to partisan actors is the usual allegation on the eve of elections and should be disregarded. With 25 days to the 2019 general elections, the commission’s attention is firmly focused on the conduct of credible elections. We will not be distracted into a fatuous debate.

“I wish to assure the EU that our preparation for the 2019 general election is on course. We have had a series of very assuring meetings with the security agencies in order to ensure that processes are protected, the right of voters to vote freely safeguarded, access for observers and the media guaranteed, the election transparent and the outcome a true reflection of the will of the Nigerian people,” Yakubu added.

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