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Voter Apathy, Delay In Arrival Of INEC Staff, Voting Materials Mar Delta Central By-Election

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inec_ballot_boxVoter apathy, late arrival of Independent National, Electoral Commission, INEC, ad-hoc staff and voting materials were some of the problems that marred Saturday’s by-election into the Delta Central Senatorial seat.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that accreditation had yet to begin at noon in Ughelli North and Ughelli South Local Government Areas.

Some of the voters who turned out at Ughelli North and Ughelli South went home disappointed after waiting for the electoral officials.

The situation was the same in Agbarho and Effurun.

Voting materials were sent to Ughelli on Friday by INEC to avoid delay in the conduct of the by-election.

However, there was restriction of movement of persons in Ughelli and only a few petrol stations were open for business.

The by-election followed the death of Senator Pius Eweridoh, who died in June 2013.

Meanwhile, the voting period was extended in some of the affected areas.

Tracy Eluemunor, the Electoral Officer at Otujeremi Ward 3, Ughelli South Local Government Area, said that officials had been instructed by INEC to extend the time.

Mr. Eluemunor said she was optimistic that all the voters in the ward would cast their votes following the time extension.

However, there were no electoral officials and materials at polling units at Amakpo Ward 1, Ighrokpokpor Ward 2 and Pipeline Ward 6 in Ughelli North.

In Ogharisi Primary School Ward 7 and Otowvovo Ward 9 in Ughelli South and Agbarotor Ward 12, there were no personnel and materials as at noon.

The situation resulted in poor turnout of voters as some had to leave the voting centres disappointed, since no official was present when they called.

The security situation in the areas monitored was peaceful, except at Ewu, Ughelli South.

Some angry voters had held members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) deployed to the polling units, hostage for some minutes.

However, there was a restriction on the movement of persons in Ughelli, and only a few petrol stations were open for business.

Voting materials were reportedly sent to Ughelli on Friday by INEC to avoid any form of delay in the conduct of the by-election.

(NAN)

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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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