Sunday, March 29, 2015

Below is the text of a press conference by the director of media and publicity, PDP, presidential campaign organization, Chief Femi Fani Kayode today...
We are deeply concerned by the level of disinformation and falsehood that is being peddled around by the friends of the opposition in the media and particularly their paid agents and associates on the social media about the results of Saturdays elections. Since yesterday afternoon they have been releasing fake results and they have been attempting to mislead the Nigerian people and our friends in the international community.  The public have been inundated with lie after lie about the APC's so-called victories in virtually every single polling booth, ward, local government area and state in the country. This is not only nonsensical but it is also far-fetched, absurd and childish. 
Two opposition media houses and their associates in the social media went as far as to shamelessly claim that President Goodluck Jonathan lost in my polling unit and in my ward in Ile-Ife, when in actual fact the President not only won in my polling booth and ward but he also won in virtually every other ward in the four local government areas of Ile Ife in Osun state where I come from.
The dirty lies that these two media houses have told is just one example of the gross and irresponsible mendacities and falsehood that the agents and associates of the APC habitually enjoy peddling. As we have always said, they are a party of liars that are led and inspired by a small cabalistic cult of shameful deceivers, liars and cheap propaganda merchants. In them there is no truth and lying is their second nature and natural habitat.
         
The APC, through their agents in the media, also indulged in many other fanciful and vain mendacities about many other PDP leaders.  For example they claimed that Senator Musiliu Obanikoro who is presently the Honorable Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Senator Iyiola Omisore, the leader of our party in Osun state, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, the Governor of Ondo state, Senator David Mark, the Senate President, and so many other of our highly esteemed and respected leaders also lost their polling units and wards to General Muhammadu Buhari and the APC candidates for the various elections. 
Needless to say these claims by the APC are not only false but they are also absurd and nauseating. Such mendacities are indicative of the fact that they have lost touch with reality as we have always suspected. As a matter of fact we are surprised that they didn't claim that the President himself also lost in his polling unit and  ward and that he in fact voted for Buhari rather than for himself. Such is their level of depravity and deceit that they will manufacture any lie and assert any falsehood just to gain an edge and feed their vain delusions.
The lies they have told about the so-called victory of Buhari in Ile Ife, Osun state is particularly distasteful because not only has Jonathan appeared to have won in Ile-Ife but our PDP candidate for the Federal House of Representatives in that constituency, Mr. Albert Adeogun, appears to have won the election hands down and defeated Mr. Rotimi Makinde of the APC, who is the sitting member of the Federal House of Representatives. Our candidate for the House of Representatives in Ilesa in the same senatorial district, Mr. Wole Oke, appears to have won his election as well which is another major blow for the APC in Osun state.           
Instead of acknowledging these monumental and devastating losses of some of their leading members, the APC, in their habitual manner simply continue to bury their small heads in the ground like the proverbial ostrich, live in denial and peddle lies and falsehood. It is time that they were called to order. The lies of the APC must be ignored and treated with the contempt and disdain that they deserve.  
The reports that we are getting from the field is that our candidate is doing very well in the south and north central and that we are making very strong inroads into various states in the core north. The motive for the lies and disinformation of the APC is to create high expectations for their supporters so that when the real results come out and they are announced by INEC, and when those real results do not tally with the fake results that the APC have told their agents and friends to release, they will begin to run riot, create havoc and kill people. 
This is irresponsible and dangerous and we hereby warn the APC and their agents in the media to stop spreading falsehood and telling dangerous lies. We also call on the security agencies to be vigilant because when the truth of their defeat finally dawns on them the APC and Buhari will not take it very lightly. We should all patiently wait for INEC to release the official results of all the elections and until then we call on our supporters and party members to hold their heads up high, to remain confident and strong and to hold their peace.
Though it is undoubtedly a close race we at the PDPCO are cautiously confident and we are very optimistic of total victory despite the desperation, lies and disinformation of the APC. At the end of the day we have no doubt that President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP shall prevail.   
We are constrained to conclude this short briefing by commenting on two issues that are also a matter of grave concern to us. First of all it has been brought to our attention that hundreds of thousands of underage voters were allowed to vote by INEC officials in many parts of the north during Saturday's elections.
The pictures of these underage voters, who are APC supporters and many of whom are not even Nigerians but were drafted across our northern borders just to vote, are all over the internet. These pictures show the children actually giving their thumb prints and voting in the elections on Saturday. This is unacceptable to us and it needs to be explained by INEC. We await further clarification from them about it and failing that we shall revisit the issue in a very forceful and precise manner at a later stage.
The other area that needs clarification and an explanation from INEC and which gives us deep concern is the situation that we have found ourselves in when it comes to the issue of card readers. We warned about this right from the outset and we expressed our reservations about their usage but we were ignored and even criticised by many at the time for doing so. With the shameful and abysmal performance of the card readers during Saturday's polls we believe that we have been vindicated and that our earlier concerns have proved to be legitimate and valid. Sadly the damage that the failure of the  card readers has caused to the fortunes of our supporters and party is immense.
Many of our supporters were disenfranchised and were unable to get accreditation or to vote as a consequence of the card reader situation and it is curious that most of the problems associated with card readers only took place in areas and states that are the traditional strongholds of President Jonathan and the PDP. Was this a mere coincidence or was it contrived?  That is the million dollar question. We shall speak more about this and other matters after the final results have been announced by INEC. Until then we shall hold our peace.
We use this medium to call on our friends in the social media, the party faithful and all President Goodluck Joanthan Support Groups not to remain silent in the face of these shenanigans. They should speak out on what they know about the propaganda and falsehood of the opposition APC. They should not be intimidated at all by the opposition’s desperate and reprehensible antics. They should set the record straight and not allow themselves to be robbed of a well-earned victory.
As we speak now, we are winning in 23 states and we have 64 percent while the APC is winning in 14 states and has 36 percent.  These results are subject to confirmation by the Independent National Electoral Commission.  However, we are certain of what we are saying because we have information from our agents in every polling unit nationwide.  No one must test our will by attempting to change these results and the APC should desist from pushing this nation to the brink of fire, chaos and destruction with their dirty lies and propaganda.
Thank you.  ​
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National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Odigie-Oyegun, failed to deliver his ward to his party in Saturday’s Presidential elections.
The APC lost to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the two units making up Ward 2 of the Staff Training School at GRA Benin; which is the Chairman’s ward.
At Unit one, the PDP scored 95 votes in the presidential election while APC polled 78 votes.

In the Senatorial election, PDP also won by polling 94 votes to APC’s 85 votes.
The PDP polled 95 votes while the APC polled 80 votes in the House of Representatives.
At unit two where the APC boss cast his vote, the PDP polled 88 votes in the Presidential election as against the 65 scored by his party.

For the House of Representatives, PDP polled 79 votes while APC scored 75.

Many civil servants in Benue State voted massively for the leading opposition All progressives Congress (APC) and other minor political parties because of the salaries owed them by the PDP government led by Governor Gabriel Suswan.

The state workers have insisted that there is no need voting for the PDP due to past experiences. They said the party had not paid them their salaries for several months.

During the presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, the visibly angry workers who formed the majority of the voting strength of the agrarian state, blatantly refused to vote for the PDP.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned against any attempt to tamper with the results of the elections that were conducted nationwide on Saturday and the few that were held on Sunday, saying Nigerians have voted peacefully and massively and they know who they have voted for.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said it has the authentic results from every polling unit where voting took place on Saturday, and will not accept anything contrary to those signed results.

It decried the dangerous kite now being flown by the PDP, through some of their paid media channels, seeking to appropriate unearned victories across the nation.

“We have always said we will accept the result of any free, fair and transparent elections. We stand by that avowal. However, what we will not accept – and which we are sure Nigerians themselves will reject – is any move to rewrite the results and thwart the will of the people under any guise. We will not accept that...

“We have heard of the desperate moves to cancel the results in areas where the APC has beaten the PDP embarrassingly. Nigerians will definitely not accept that,” APC said.

The party said it is aware of the ongoing efforts to force Electoral Officers and Presiding Officers in Imo State, some of whom are being picked up by the military as we write, to rewrite the results of the elections in the state.

“We have the results from every polling unit in Imo State and we know that we have won in over 80 per cent in the presidential election. So there must be no shenanigans,” it warned.

APC also said the same attempts are being made in Sokoto, Enugu, Ekiti, Ondo, Lagos and other states, wondering why anyone will be seeking to reverse the results that are already settled.

“In the Nsukka Local Government Area, INEC officials, instead of collating results, handed over the exercise to PDP Nsukka zone to write. They holed up inside ADADA HOUSE (a Local Government guest house) to write results and change figures, and were provided with security by the police. APC candidates and agents were chased away. In collaboration with INEC, they refused to let the card readers function and no result sheets came to most polling booths.

“In Lagos, they have yet to announce the result of the Apapa Local Government which has been ready since yesterday, apparently in a move to manipulate the outcome. Those who voted will not agree with any attempt to steal their votes,” the APC warned.
Some aggrieved APC members in Rivers state pictured today Sunday March 29th protesting the outcome of the presidential election in the state yesterday March 28th and the arrest of some of their members by the police. More photos after the cut...



 
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Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, on Saturday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to immediately address all issues concerning the malfunction of the card readers it deployed for the accreditation of voters nationwide.
Fashola made the call after casting his vote Ward G-3, State Senior Secondary School, Itolo, Surulere.
The governor, who waited for over two hours in the queue with his wife, Abimbola, and his son, Ademola, however expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the process at the polling unit where he cast his vote.

He said: “It is good around here so far. I came here at about 1.35pm and voted around 3.50pm.”
The governor also observed that there was no country in the world with perfect elections, urging INEC to ensure that willing voters were not disenfranchised.
“Don’t forget that this is a logistic challenge going on nationwide, where you plan for the worst and hope for the best.

“These are some of the realities of our lives and there are no perfections here. What is important here is that nobody should be seen sabotaging the process.”

PIC. 4. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN ABUJA
A senior police officer {names withheld, who is also the Divisional Police Officer attached to Magama Local Government area of Niger State, has been accused of snatching four ballot boxes and papers at the Mungoro central polling unit of the Majin ward in Niger State.
According to sources, he also allegedly tear-gassed officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and voters who were on a queue to cast their votes.
Speaking on the incident, an eyewitness, Mr. Ibrahim Rege, stated that accreditation of voters was peacefully conducted and that voting was already in progress when the DPO invaded the polling unit, fired teargas canisters at the crowd and allegedly took the ballot boxes and papers away.

Rege said: “The entire voting process was on course peacefully. Accreditation was peacefully carried out and voters were orderly on the queue to cast their vote when the DPO stormed the polling unit, tear-gassed both INEC officials and the people before carting away the ballot boxes together with the thumb-printed and virgin ballot papers”.
According to him, people in the area had before now reported the DPO to the Area Commander, accusing him of personally destroying posters and billboards of APC candidates.
Speaking on the issue, the embattled Deputy Governor of the state, Ahmed Ibeto, who is also from the area, said he was informed of the incident, expressing concern at the less than professional behaviour of the police officer.
However, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Emmanuel Amore, when contacted on phone, denied the allegation, explaining that the DPO merely helped to rescue INEC officials at the polling unit and materials from hoodlums.

Amore said: “It is not true; my DPO only protected the INEC officials and their materials from some hoodlums. They are only making allegations because they were not allowed to carry out their nefarious activity.




“Go and ask INEC if any of their material is missing. My DPO only helped to protect the INEC officials and materials”.

Ihiala Federal Constituency is soaked in tension as a business mogul, names withheld, is allegedly bent on influencing INEC Returning Officer to announce results in favour of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
Although results were publicly counted and announced at Polling Units, Wards and Local Government levels, the business tycoon is reportedly trying to compromise the INEC Officers to doctor and announce an overall result in favour of his political godson and APGA House of Reps candidate, Momah Chudy Ifeanyi.
This has resulted in undue delay in announcing Presidential and National Assembly election results in Ihiala Federal Constituency resulting in restiveness in the area.

A source told DAILY POST that the Anambra State Governor, Willy Obiano (serving on APGA platform) has advised the business tycoon to allow the will of the people to prevail, but he has continued to unleash over 500 imported thugs on the people of Okija, Ihiala and environ.
According to a resident of the area, “he said it would never be heard that his APGA candidate lost election, including losing in his polling Unit at Umuechetam village.
“He had earlier locked out voters at the Polling Unit, which was situated in the premises of a town hall he built for the village”.
“Hundreds of millions of Naira is being circulating among some INEC staff with a view to changing the PDP landslide victory in the area in favour of APGA.

“The is palpable fear that the plan is to take the result to Awka, which has nothing to do do with the constituency, instead of announcing it a the Ihiala constituency collation level in accordance with the Electoral Act and INEC Guideline.
“We are worried that it would become a hopeless case if the INEC officials fail to announce the results as the business mogul has been threatening to deal with those who made the election miserable for him and his godson.

“All the same we are not going to accept any doctored result”, he vowed.


INEC has released results of the Presidential election in 10 local governments in Ogun State. As at 2:pm on Sunday March 29th in Abeokuta, APC won seven with wide margin while PDP won the remaining three local government areas.

The local government areas released so far include Obafemi-Owode, Abeokuta North, Odogboolu, Odeda, Imeko-Afon, Sagamu, Ijebu-Ode, Remo-North, Ewekoro, and Ijebu North-East. See details after the cut...

The details are as follows;
 Odeda Local government
Number of registered voters -63,935
Number of accredited voter -17,463

APC -11,102
PDP -4,456

Total valid votes -16,152
Voided votes -775
Total votes cast -16,927

Imeko Afon Local Government
Number of voters registered -35,311
Number of accredited voters -23,481

APC -7,657
PDP -12,153

Valid votes cast -20,466
Void votes -1,122

Sagamu Local Government
Number of registered voters -77,955
Number of accredited voters -37,772

APC -15,761
PDP -17,263

Ijebu Ode Local Government
Number of registered voters -55,127
Number of voters accredited -25,973

APC -14,043
PDP -8,972

Remo North Local Government
Number of registered voters -39,180
Number of accredited voters -16,960
APC -6,164
PDP -9,278

Ewekoro Local Government
Number of registered voters -62,425
Number of accredited voters -14,193

APC -9,626
PDP -3,227

Obafemi-Owode Local Government
Number of registered voters -74,871
Number of accredited voters -24,402
APC -15,207
PDP -5,786

Ijebu North-East
Number of registered voters 36058
Number of accredited voters 15214
APC- 7638
PDP -6163

Odogboolu local government
Number of registered voters 70658
Number of accredited voters 25752
APC -11623
PDP -11405

Abeokuta North local government
Number of registered voters -12 5485
Number of accredited voters -30556
APC 21213
PDP 5,742
The Inspector General of Police Suleiman Abba says there is no restriction of movement today nationwide. Speaking with newsmen in Abuja, the IG said despite the extension of the election in some areas, people can go about their business calmly.
Press statement from the PDP. Read below...
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged Nigerians to totally disregard misleading figures being circulated by the APC in the social media as results of the Presidential and National Assembly elections in some polling booths.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Sunday said the figures were “fake and do not represented the true results which are currently being collated by INEC, the only body authorized to release and announce results”.
“The APC in its desperation for power has resorted to posting fake results in the social media in a bid to ambush the electoral commission, mislead the unsuspecting public to believe it is winning, all in furtherance of its grand plot to cause confusion and set the stage for violence when the authentic results are finally released.
“We therefore alert Nigerians to be on their guard and close ranks in resisting the APC’s plot to plunge the nation into chaos and anarchy.  Our democracy has come to stay and the will of the people must prevail over and above the parochial ambition of a selfish few.
“Finally, we strongly caution the APC against its acts of desperation and use of dishonest methods including physical attacks against our members and supporters as these pose great threat to our democracy, the unity and stability of our dear nation.
Signed:
Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary
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The Nigeria Police has announced the death of Alhaji Muhammad Hurdi (pictured middle above), the Katsina State commissioner of police. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Aminu Sadiq announced the demise of Hurdi in a statement issued to newsmen on Sunday in Katsina.

Sadiq said that Hurdi died on March 27, after a protracted illness. The late commissioner joined the service in 1988 as ASP cadet officer and rose through the ranks to the rank of a commissioner.

The PPRO said that Hurdi would be remembered as a patriotic and dedicated officer who gave his best in the service of his fatherland. The Deputy Commissioner of police, Mr Bala Zama Senche, prayed to God to grant the deceased eternal rest and gave the family fortitude to bear the lost. (NAN)
We will start getting the results from INEC by this time tomorrow...
There were reports today that President Jonathan lost the election in Femi Fani Kayode's ward in Osun state. The director of media & publicity for the PDP presidential campaign took to Twitter to slam the report, saying they won in all the 4 LGAs of Ile Ife for Jonathan. More tweets after the cut


Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, General Mohammadu Buhari has warned that it would be unfair for anyone to contemplate the cancellation of the presidential polls following a few recorded hiccups in Card Readers, a situation which did not stop anyone from casting his/her vote.

He said that the challenges were very minor and as such did not affect the entire country.

The respected General said what had happened in just 5 States could not have presumably affected all the remaining 31 State and the Federal Capital territory, Abuja. He said Nigerians votes must count!
Contrary to the insinuations by some PDP men that the Card Readers are responsible for their trashing by the APC thus far, the National Chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu, has said that the percentage of the technical hitches encountered with card readers during the accreditation is insignificant.

Mu’azu, who was accredited at his home in Boto, said there is no perfection in technology, adding that it's only Almighty God that can be perfect. He rejected calls for the cancellation of the use of Card Reader machines for the accreditation of voters.
PDP chairman said: “I cannot arbitrarily call for the cancellation of the usage of the Card Readers and the Permanent Voter Cards. I know professor Jega to be a successful and courageous intellectual and so far he has done very well.”

Similarly, the member representing Dass/Bogoro/Tafawa Balewa constituency in the House of Represenatives, Yakubu Dogara, said the benefit of the Card Reader and the Permanent Voter Cards far outweigh their disadvantages as it prevented politicians from contemplating rigging in many places.

The Bauchi South senatorial district candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Ali Wakili, who was successfully accredited at the Kofa Pada polling station in Bauchi state, also said the hitches encountered were tolerable.

The Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Suleiman Bogoro, on his part, said the use of the Card Reader has helped in dealing with the problem of rigging and multiple registration as it used to be in the past.

So far, the votes of millions of Nigerians are counting because of the use of the Card Readers.
 Nigeria appears to be at the cusp of history with the presidential election indicating that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, is set to clinch a majority of the votes.

Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) even lost at the polling unit inside the seat of power in Aso Villa, Abuja.

Many ministers, including the minister of education, Ibrahim Shekarau, FCT minister, Bala Mohammed, and the minister of state (II) for foreign affairs, posted dismal results in their home units. Many other high-profile PDP politicians lost their polling units to the APC...

At his polling unit in Giginyu Ward in Nassarawa local government area of Kano State, Shekarau, suffered a wide-margin defeat.

The former governor who ruled the state between 2003 and 2001 lost his unit to the APC candidate, Buhari, who scored 324 votes. The PDP polled just 17 votes. Giginyu ward is one of the largest units in Kano.

FCT minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, also lost his Jubril Aminu Secondary School polling unit to the APC. In the presidential election, PDP scored only 96 while the APC received 326 votes. For the Senate results, the PDP scored 116 while the APC got 301. In the House of Representatives, the PDP got 102 while the APC received 310.

The minister of foreign affairs (II), Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, also bit the dust as he failed to win his Ikoyi polling unit for President Jonathan and the PDP. In the presidential result, it was APC 62, PDP 38; in the Senate poll, APC got 58, PDP 44; in the House of Reps, APC got 56, PDP 38.

Similarly, Odua People’s Congress (OPC) leader, Ganiyu Adams, a staunch Jonathan supporter who recently made headlines with group’s his rally in Lagos, also lost his ward to the APC. In the OPC leader’s ward, it was APC 155, PDP 45.

APC floors PDP in Aso Rock polling unit
Another upset occurred at the polling unit closest to the seat power as the results of the presidential election in polling unit 022 at the presidential villa, Abuja, showed that the APC (Buhari) defeated PDP (Jonathan) with about 93 votes. According to the result after the election of the presidential poll, APC scored 334 votes, while PDP got 241.

The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) trailed behind with 45 votes, while Labour got 11 votes. Invalid votes were 16.

Sam Nda-Isaiah wins unit in Niger for APC
The chairman, LEADERSHIP Group, and former presidential aspirant of the APC, Sam Nda-Isaiah, won his polling unit at the Kofar Danjuma Mainadi in Chachanga local government area of Niger State for the APC.

In the presidential election, the APC scored 477 votes while the PDP received 37. For the Senate election, the APC got 401 while the PDP received 109. In the House of Representatives, APC secured 417 votes while the PDP received 92 votes.

Sambo wins own unit in Kaduna
Vice President Namadi Sambo won his polling unit as he defeated the APC at his new polling unit during yesterday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

In the 2011 general elections, Sambo was defeated in his polling unit, ward and local government.

But he secured a resounding victory during yesterday’s polls. The Returning Officer, Olorufemi Raphael, while announcing the results at the Kabala Doki Ward 5, Police College polling unit 11, said the PDP polled 105 votes, APC 20 votes, NCP 01, and APA 01.

Sambo had earlier, on the eve of yesterday’s election, relocated his polling unit from Link/Camp Road to Swimming Pool road by the Kaduna Police College fence, ostensibly to avoid losing again this year.

Be patient with INEC, Jonathan begs Govs, Nigerians
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday pleaded with governors of the PDP to exercise patience with INEC over the poor performance of card readers in their various states.

President Jonathan who spoke to journalists after voting in his hometown, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, said he pleaded with some PDP governors to be patient with INEC over the challenges associated with the card readers used for accreditation.

Responding to questions on whether the card readers’ malfunctioning was limited to his local government, Ogbia, he said: “I don’t think the issue of card reader is limited to Ogbia. If the card readers are not working, I think it is a national issue. It is not limited to Bayelsa State.

“We had a similar situation in Anambara State. In fact the governor of Anambra State called and I asked him to calm down; he was boiling. I had a similar situation in Delta State where the governor called and I asked him to cool down.

“I am aware that INEC has directed that the RECs should ensure that where the card readers are not working, they should take the option of manual accreditation”.

The president also made a case for INEC over the card readers, saying the real intent of the electoral body was to ensure that the polls are not only credible but also acceptable to international observers.

“INEC wants to use the card readers to make sure that the electoral process is credible and acceptable by international observers,” he said.

“Somehow, being the first time we are practising with card readers, there have been some issues in some units, but we should bear with them. I believe that, at the end of the day, we all will be happy.’’

Jonathan acknowledged the fact that he did not have all the information about the voting process at his disposal, and pointed to INEC.

He said, “INEC has the responsibility to talk about their functions. The basic thing is that some places complained that the card readers were not working; at the same time INEC has directed that in polling units that the card readers are not working, they should take the manual option.

“I believe that all Nigerians who want to vote will definitely vote. That is good news. The only thing is that some people probably must have stayed there longer than necessary, but I still plead with them that even if they spent 24 hours for the sake of this country.”

On whether he was blaming anybody for the challenges faced so far in the polls, he said, “I don’t believe in blames; government is one. I don’t blame INEC; I don’t blame judiciary; I don’t blame the police; I don’t blame the soldiers; I don’t blame the executive. As a nation we have different departments of government that handle responsibilities.

“The issue of elections is INEC’s exclusive responsibility and nobody will speak for them. That is what I am saying that even if I have some information I cannot speak for INEC. Jega is the person that can speak for INEC. I speak for the federal government. I am very hopeful (that the election) will turn out successful.”

APC urges supporters to be calm but vigilant
The party in the lead has called on all its supporters across the country to remain vigilant till the end.

Buhari defeats Jonathan in his polling unit: APC 499; PDP0
The man of the moment, General Mohammadu Buhari has trounced President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP in his polling unit in Daura LGA of Katsina State with a landslide.
Even the man who President Goodluck Jonathan just gave Billions of Naira contract could not deliver for him. Apparently, many people, especially in the South-West, collected Jonathan's money and still voted against him. In the overall, all those Jonathan trusted to deliver for him have failed him.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs (2), Musliu Obanikoro failed to deliver his polling unit to Jonathan who had expected some electoral magic from Obanikoro. Bode George and Jimi Agbaje also failed.

Also, in Ondo State, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, like Obanikoro, failed woefully to deliver his ward to the PDP and the President. OPC militant leader, Gani Adams, also failed to deliver for Jonathan.
See the results from their wards and polling united below:

1. Obanikoro
Ikoyi Polling Unit
Presidential: APC 62; PDP 38
Senate: 58; 44
Reps: 56; 38

2. Mimiko
Presidential: APC 72; PDP 22

3. Gani Adams
Presidential: APC 115; PDP 45

4. Femi Fani-Kayode
Presidential: APC 127; PDP 45

5. Jimi Agbaje’s unit
Presidential: APC 126; PDP 60
In an exclusive interview with SaharaTV, Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi says that he believes the presidential election held in the state were highly compromised, the results must be cancelled.

Amaechi, an APC leader, alleges that interference on the part of the PDP, has adversely influenced the result of the contest. Claiming the PDP is working with officials and security agents to rig the contest by withholding result sheets, Amaechi says the results of the election in Rivers can't be trusted.

“The police [are] arresting everyone that is arrestable, the police carrying ballot boxes, they are also aiding PDP supporters,” Amaechi revealed.

He added all the election equipment and materials, especially result sheets, are in PDP agent hands. "I couldn’t vote. In the country, we’re doing very well. In Rivers State, we discovered that all the SPOs (supervising presiding officers) have stolen all the result sheets and disappeared. So we said that there will be no election until we see the result sheets."

Amaechi claims he was accompanied by members of the press, for purposes of documenting the developments there. "I went with cameramen. I went with Channels, AIT and NTA. They did not see anywhere that we went to that you could identify that there were result sheets."

Amaechi called on voters in Rivers State to be calm, and not resort to violence. His statement comes as reports of violence grow, according to conversations with representatives from CLEEN Foundation.

RS 2015 INEC ELECTION 002 HAROLD PETERSIDE A PDP AGENT CAUGHT WITH INEC REGISTER AND FAKE RESULT SHEET AT OPBO.NKORO (235x313) (1)
The presidential and National Assembly elections have turned out to be a big nightmare for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, with the members being killed, attacked and disenfranchised in various parts of the State.
“Armed militias working for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have intensified their killing of APC members. Scores have already been killed and several others marked for elimination. This morning in Kpite Town, Tai Ward 2 and other areas of the State, five people were shot dead by PDP’s armed militia, and that was before accreditation commenced,” Rivers APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said in a statement in Port Harcourt. Pictures of our killed members are attached.

Lamenting his party’s ordeal, Ikanya said: “It is sad that PDP and its collaborators are targeting APC strongholds and chieftains for attacks and killings. To intimidate our people and contrary to the court ruling forbidding the use of the Army in this election, there has been a massive deployment of soldiers in the State with clear instruction to shoot at sight any APC agent that refuses to comply with the evil plot of PDP to write the results of the election at some designated areas of the State in favour of PDP.”
Chief Ikanya gave the following specific horrifying examples of APC’s travails:
•Hon. Chidiebere Okwuwolu, former Commissioner and currently an APC leader, was arrested by police and taken to Olu Obasanjo Police Station in Port Harcourt along with 99 other arrested APC members scattered in various Police Stations in the State.
•At Ubima, the home town of Governor Chibuike Amaechi, the INEC results sheets are currently with Chief Nyesome Wike, the guber candidate of PDP in Rivers State. Governor Amaechi has refused to embark upon any accreditation because of lack of result sheets in all the polling units in the State, a situation contrived by INEC and PDP to make room for PDP to rig the election.

•At Andoni, the Local Government Area of Rivers State APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, and Chief Uche Secondus, the National Vice Chairman of PDP and his cousin, Engr Tele Ikuru (the Deputy Governor of Rivers State who few days defected to PDP) hell has been let loose; electoral materials have been hijacked by PDP agents in connivance with the Army that has been threatening to arrest and kill any APC chieftains in sight.
•The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Andoni Local Government area, Esuku Esuku, has been ordered out of Ngo, headquarters of Local Government, by the Joint Task Force (JTF)/army personnel deployed to Ngo, or be killed.
•At Abonnema, headquarters of Akuku-Toru Local Government, materials are being distributed from the house of Minister of Sports, Chief Tammy Danagogo, instead of the INEC office, without any security personnel. Danagogo has held the policemen that ought to escort these materials to the polling units hostage and injuring DPO of Abonnema, Mr. Joseph Kayode for daring to accompany Hon Isobo Jack the Commissioner for Urban Development to the Polling Unit, relevant pictures attached.
•PDP thugs hijacked materials and INEC personnel meant for Akuku-Toru Wards 15, 16 and 17. The hijacked materials and men were taken to Freetown, a hinterland coastal community. The attack was led by two youths whose identities are known.
•In Tombia, in same Akuku-Toru Local Government, PDP had by Friday night filled the community with Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) bouncers who were attacking APC members and, at the same time, preventing those returning home to vote from entering the town. They were doing so in the presence of soldiers who were too few in number. The Caretaker Committer Chairman and others were injured on Friday. The over 30 APC members that were to act as agents were arrested.
•In Buguma, which is the Headquarters of Asari-Toru Local government, policemen were busy all day arresting APC chieftains.
•In Gokana Local Government, trained INEC ad-hoc personnel were replaced with untrained manpower suspected to be PDP members. This is believed to have been done in connivance with the LGA Electoral Officer (EO).
•At Opobo/Nkoro, the Local Government Area of Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, the gubernatorial candidate of APC, the house of Opobo/Nkoro Caretaker Committee Chairman, Loveday Jaja, was torched after he escaped to avoid being killed by the PDP hoodlums. Electoral materials meant for the Local Government Area have been diverted to John Africa/Ada Tom Pepple Compound area where they are thumb-printing in favour of PDP. One Barrister J.B Pepple was caught with stained thumbs and he admitted to thumb-printing. Another person Alafagha Oko-Jaja had his head broken head and he is seriously bleeding. No one is sure if he will survive.
The army has been going around the community harassing people while Chiefs in Kalaibiama are compelling them to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan of PDP. This is said to be on the orders of Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Kenneth Minimah, who is also from the town.
Mr. Harold Peterside a PDP Agent in Unit 006 Ward, Oopbo/Nkoro was caught with INEC Register and fake Results Sheet at the Polling Unit.
•At Oyigbo LGA, 40,000 incident forms were being given out at 6:30 a.m. but they stopped when the APC Agent complained about it. He was however asked to leave the INEC office at about 11:30 a.m. Already, 120,000 incident forms have been to Port Harcourt LGA, 80,000 to Obio/Akpor and 50,000 to Ikwerre LGA. The incident forms are one of the ways PDP plans to use to rig the elections around the country, especially in the South South and South East.
•In Okrika, there was sudden change and appearance of fresh and inadequately trained INEC ad-hoc staff who tried to persuade voters to undergo manual accreditation, claiming that card readers assigned to Okrika LGA polling booths were not working (even without trying them). In a few units where APC supporters insisted on ‘No Card, No Accreditation’, the card readers mysteriously began to work. But in majority of the places manual accreditation is being undertaken.
Also in Okrika, there is insufficient delivery of electoral materials by INEC. Up till now no one, not even party agents, has seen the original result collation sheets. The INEC officials claim it is not everything that they must explain. Meanwhile, INEC delivered incident forms far excess of the number of registered voters.
Meanwhile, PDP stalwarts are openly parading bundles of PVC cards in their possession. Rowland Sekibo, accompanied by police and PDP thugs armed with guns, are going around chasing away APC members from doing accreditation. They had done so in wards 1, 7, 8, 9 and 2. They tore the tags of our agents, beat them and chased them away, injuring scores of them.
“We condemn this brazen rape of democracy by PDP in collaboration with INEC and the security agents. It is unacceptable as this is not what democracy should be. PDP should allow Rivers people to vote without guns pointed at their throats,” Dr. Ikanya said in the statement.
Dr Ikanya passed a vote of no confidence on the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Gesila Khan, declaring that she has failed woefully as she is bent on carrying out her secret agreement with PDP to return victory to the party at all cost. Whatever trash she will announce as the result of today’s election is not acceptable to us and we ask for her immediate transfer and a new date be set for a proper election in Rivers State than the sham and charade that was calculated to rubbish INEC and democracy.
The pictures of our killed members are attached.
Long Live APC!
Long Live Rivers State!!
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,
SSA Media and Public Affairs to the State Chairman, APC Rivers State.




The Nigerian constitution does not recognise the office of the First Lady which is a title for the spouse of the head of state or president of Nigeria. However, the office has remained one of the most funded and staffed since independence and the First Lady is addressed by the title Her Excellency.

Nigeria has had several first ladies since independence but the late Maryam Babangida, wife of Nigeria’s military president from 1985 to 1993, General Ibrahim Babagida, began the trend.

But the current First Lady in the person of Dame Patience Faka Jonathan is one woman who shares the political space equally with her husband, regardless of what the constitution says about her office.

If her husband is re-elected, Nigerians may not see much difference from what Mrs. Jonathan has done as First Lady for the past six years. But if General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC gains the upper hand, then Nigerians would then have a new experience with Mrs. Aisha Buhari as First Lady.

Dame Jonathan is reputed as a woman who holds court, summoning ministers, even governors for meetings. Dame Jonathan is not your regular first lady that is content with the glamour of office; she is as active, if not more, than her husband in the politics and politicking of the Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria.

With her influence, so many people have been appointed ministers, permanent secretaries, ambassadors, name it. In fact, through her, many governorship candidates have received endorsement to contest in their home states.

In fact, Mr. Evans Bipi, a member representing Ogu Bolo State Constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly, described the first lady as his Jesus Christ.

On her own, she anointed Nyeson Wike, the present governorship candidate of the PDP in her home state, Rivers, to dislodge Rotimi Amaechi, after falling out with the governor. Because of the respect the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Henry Seriake Dickson had for her, he made her a permanent secretary in July 2012 even after a long time absence from work. But when she fell out with the governor, she resigned from the office to show her annoyance. She then handpicked the Special Assistant to the President on Domestic Matters, Mr. Waripamowei Dudafa to take over from Dickson in 2016 irrespective of the governor’s aspiration for a re-election.

The likes of Chief Christopher Alao-Akala, a former governor and deputy governor of Oyo State, would not forget in a hurry the role Dame Jonathan played in the politics of the PDP in Oyo State when she summoned their leaders and advised them to make the former governor of the state, Chief Rashidi Ladoja, the PDP flag bearer, even after the latter had since left the party and become the founder of Accord Party. Akala is today the governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Oyo State.

For Mrs. Aishat Buhari, wife of the presidential candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari, the office of the First Lady could turn out to be a completely different experience if her husband wins.

Aisha also holds National Certificate in Education, a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma and Masters in International Affairs and Strategic Studies from Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.

She said, "For me, I will perform my duties and role as the wife of the President of Nigeria traditionally."
It seems President Goodluck Jonathan is yet to understand what is really happening to him at the polling units, particularly in the South-West and North Central. The level of bashing he is getting from the APC candidate, Muhammadu Buhari is on a fast lane, in some cases with very wide margins.

Mr President is said to have hurried back to Aso Rock on Saturday night to monitor situation personally.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega says the repeated failure of the card reader to read President Jonathan's PVC at his polling unit in Otuoke, Bayelsa earlier today was a national embarrassment. He said this in an interview on NTA this night. More of what he said during the interview after the cut...




Two INEC officials were killed by unknown gunmen at Nafada/Dukku federal constituency in Gombe state today. Continue to see photos from the scene but they are graphic *viewer discretion advised*.


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