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INEC Transferring Unnecessary Burdens To Election Tribunals By Declaring Non-card Reader Votes – Emerhor

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O'Tega EmerhorThe candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the April 11 governorship election in Delta State, Chief O’tega Emerhor, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of transferring unnecessary burdens to election petitions tribunals by not upholding the sanctity of card readers during the 2015 general elections.

Emerhor, who applauded the courage and integrity of the INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, for standing by electoral guidelines for the conduct of the elections, especially the use of card reader, however, accused him of “shirking from INEC’s responsibility” and “now passing such responsibility to the ongoing tribunals”.

Emerhor’s position was contained in a statement issued on Saturday.

The APC governorship candidate said, “In the first place, INEC ought not to declare results that did not emanate from the card readers and or use such results to declare winners.

“If INEC set out to use card readers to conduct elections, it ought to put in  place a mechanism to ensure that the results declared are those emanating from the use of card readers and not those that were manually manipulated.

“It is a regrettable dereliction of duty for INEC and its staff to, in the first instance, either connive with or turn a blind eye to illegality and then go ahead to announce and declare winners based on manually generated results in place of card reader results”.

This situation, he added, “Thereby empowering elections riggers and punishing law abiding candidates with the burden of proof at the tribunals in their quest to annul illegally acquired mandate, a situation that was avoidable ab initio”.

Emerhor believed that INEC still have an opportunity to “go beyond just reconfirming its guidelines as Prof Jega has just  done, to standing up to provide all necessary support materials, readiness to testifying at the tribunals and taking legal stand against undeservingly declared winners at the ongoing cases at the tribunals”.

The APC flag bearer, therefore, called on Jega and INEC to discharge “their erstwhile responsibilities and duties through their legal representatives, who are now defending INEC’s role at the various tribunals, by supporting aggrieved candidates against all such undeservingly declared winners”.

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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

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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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