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2015: We Have Taken Measures To Block Rigging Politicians —Jega

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ProfAttahiru-JegaThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has concluded plans to use all its powers to thwart the plan of some politicians to rig in the general elections come 2015.

In an interview with a Hausa newspaper, Rairiya, Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, stated the commission’s resolve to protect the votes and franchise of all Nigerians in the next general elections.

“There are many ways of rigging elections; thankfully, we have identified a lot of the ways in which rigging takes place, even before the last general election and we have taken measures to block a lot of them. For example, when we say we will conduct election with a ballot paper that has no serial number, you know that we are not being truthful. So, we ensured that all ballot papers used in the election have serial numbers.

“In the past, ballot papers had no serial numbers. Apart from that, we also introduced colour coding to the ballot papers. Before, you can, for instance, divert ballot papers meant for Enugu to Sokoto if it is easier to get at Enugu.

“So, we introduced different colours such that one cannot divert ballot papers from one state to another – e.g. from Enugu to Sokoto – but even within Enugu, you cannot take a ballot paper meant for a particular local government to another local government and use it because the colours are different.

“We are also aware that sometimes, thugs come and disrupt elections; so, we are strengthening our collaboration with security agencies for them to really appreciate and understand these problems so that they will find a way of arresting and prosecuting everyone involved.

“The major part of the problem is that unlike what obtains in other parts of the continent, our politicians here are always devising new strategies of rigging elections.

“So, while they continue to devise new strategies to rig, we will also continue to devise means by which to stop them. The goal is to ensure that we have a more improved election in 2015,” Jega noted.

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory
Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

Eyitayo Jegede

Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the October 10, 2020, governorship election of Ondo State, has challenged the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in the exercise.

Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.

The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.

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Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.

He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

Bode George

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.

The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.

He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.

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“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?

“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”

 

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

Governor Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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