Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Following the declaration and official fixing of the date for election into the local government councils by the Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission (KOSIEC), Kogi Sate APC Executive Council, has advised that all political office holders and civil servants wishing to contest any position either as Chairman or Councillor should resign so as to provide a level playing ground.
The Vice Chairman of APC, Kogi West, Hon. Abdulrahman Ibrahim Akabu, in an interview with Journalists in Lokoja on Thursday, said the State Executive Council of the party has been known for the observance of internal democracy whereby primary elections were allowed especially in unresolved situations.
“At the appropriate time all persons holding political appointments shall resign and buy forms for the party primary election.” He stated.
According to the Vice Chairman, the APC is known to be observing its rules and guidelines in the selection of its flagbearers, just as the leader of the party and the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello went through to pick APC ticket.
“It was the Governor’s victory at the primary election that gave the APC edge over other political parties including PDP at the general elections. Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello was a popular candidate loved by electorate, hence he won both the primary and general elections.” He said.
He recalled that the ruling party went through primary elections in 2015 to produce the present administration and in 2019 the Congress voted in favour of the leader inspire of several interested party bigwigs that challenged him at the primaries.
The Vice Chairman who was reacting to speculations that the APC has already lined up winners of the December 12 election, clarified that as Progressives such undemocratic ideas can not be allowed
Therefore, we have no doubt that this Local Government council election shall be held to produce popular and acceptable candidate for the Chairmanship and Councillorship positions in all the local government areas of the state.
On the Kogi Local Government Area, Hon Akabu explained that all elections were usually preceded by primary elections so as to give level playing ground to all aspirants.
He assured party members that the state working committee of the party will stand out among other states in ensuring democratic processes of the local government primary election.
Edo 2020: Some Units Results Now Ready from 18 LGAs, 192 Electoral Wards In The State
Global Times Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commenced the Edo governorship election at exactly 8 am on Saturday, September 19, amidst tight security.
The election is taking place in eighteen (18) Local Government Areas (LGAs) and one hundred and ninety-two (192) wards in the state.
Local government areas where the election is taking place are: Akoko Edo with 115,343 voters; Egor has 158,817; Esan Central has 40,831; Esan North-East has 66,790; Esan South-East has 58,802; Esan West has 83,467; Etsako Central has 42,042; Etsako East has 67,715; Etsako West has 128,188, and Igueben has 34,988.
Others are Ikpoba/Okha with 214,822; Oredo, 240,197; Orhionmwon, 102,739; Ovia North-East, 113,167; Ovia South West, 77,468; Owan East, 77,827; Owan West, 46,245 and Uhunmwonde 57,290.
According to INEC, the number of registered voters for the election is 2,210,534. However, 483,796 PVCs were not collected, leaving 1,726,738 voters eligible to take part in today’s election. According to the delimitation of the state, the election is conducted in the 2,627 polling units in 192 wards in the 18 LGAs of the state.
In the build-up to the election, Incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, has popped up clearly as a top contender for the office of the governor.
On the other hand, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, is hoping to unseat Obaseki as the governor.
The fourteen (14) political parties and fourteen (14) candidates are: EDEMAKHIOTA GODWIN OSAIMIAMIA – AA; MABEL AKOMU OBOH – ADC; IBOI LUCKY EMMANUEL – ADP; OSAGIE ANDREW IZE-IYAMU – APC; OSAGIE LUCKY IDEHEN – APGA;
AMOS OSALUMESE ARELOEGBE – APP; IGBINEWEKA OSAMUEDE – APM; OSIFO UHUNEKPENMA ISAIAH – LP; AGOL EBUN TRACY – NNPP; STEVIE NASH OZONO – NRM; GODWIN NOGHEGHASE OBASEKI – PDP; FELIX IZEKOR OBAYANGBON – SDP; OSAGIOBARE JONES – YPP and AKHALAMHE AMIEMENOGHENA – ZLP.
Below is the First Edo Election Result…
2:40 pm: PU010, Idunmwongo P/S, Idunmwongo, Ugbeka Ward, Orhionmwon LGA election results
Void/Invalid Votes: 2
Valid votes: 92
Registered Voters: 379
Please note that these results are yet to be confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the only body recognised by law to declare election result.
Edo 2020: There Is An Ongoing Deliberate Manipulation In My Strongholds Areas – Gov Obaseki Allege
Incumbent Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, through Crusoe Osagie, his Special Adviser on Media, has lamented that “there is an ongoing deliberate election manipulation in areas where he has strongholds.
Obaseki is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the incumbent Governor of Edo State.
According to him: “Suddenly, card readers are not working in areas where Governor Godwin Obaseki is very popular.
“Voters are being disenfranchised and we are constrained to say that this is sabotage,” Osagie said in a statement to the Press on Saturday during the polls.
“Specifically, in Oredo Ward 1, Unit 20 and other places where the Governor is clearly popular, the card readers are not working.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should prove to Edo voters that it can conduct a credible election in Edo State.”
Edo 2020: Gov Obaseki Expresses Disappointment Over Failure Of Card readers, Laments INEC’s Unpreparedness
The Edo state Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Godwin Obaseki has expressed disappointment over the failure of card readers in several wards across the state.
Obaseki who spoke to journalists shortly after casting his vote on Saturday, in Oredo Local Government Area of the state, noted that after spending several hours on the queue due to card reader issues, the failure of the card readers shows the unpreparedness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to the governor, “I expected better preparation on the part of those saddled with the responsibility to conduct this election. To wait for one and a half hour on the queue before exercising my franchise is a bit disappointing.
“Given that this is a sole day’s election, I expected better planning and preparation and resources should have been put into this election.
“At the last presidential election, in my polling unit, there were two polling points which eased the burden on voters. You all are witnesses to how long it has taken.
“The card reader here is working slowly, and this is the situation in all the major voting centres in Oredo Local Government Area of the state as I speak.
“At Garrick Memorial School, I understand that over 500 voters are already stranded because they can’t vote due to slow processing of the card reader.
“One would have expected that INEC will have deployed more card readers and more voting points in high density polling centres,” he said.
Responding to the issue of vote-buying at polling units, the governor said that the security agencies are not doing what they assured Edo people and Nigerians before the election.
“The security agencies assured us that they won’t allow anybody who doesn’t have business of voting, into a particular place, but they are working contrary to what they promised us.
“You can see cars parked with a lot of cash being disbursed to people buying votes, and it seems to be normal practice, but we are not perturbed as people know what to do. Cash can’t buy their future,” Obaseki noted.
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