The All Progressives Congress and its governorship candidate in Delta State in the April 11 poll, Olorogun Oghenetega Emerhor, have alleged that staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the state have been engaged to testify against the “mandatory use of card reader” in the 2015 general elections.
In a petition to INEC by its counsel, Messrs S. M. Egbune & Co, APC and Emerhor said they had uncovered moves by “INEC staff to testify under oath in denial of the mandatory status of the use of card readers in the April 11, 2015 governorship election in the state”.
The election, won by the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the election, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, is currently being challenged at the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
In the petition, the APC and Emerhor alleged that counsel for INEC at the tribunal, Messrs D. D. Dodo, planned to use “Messrs Enabor Felix, Livy Unigwe, and Donatus Anumba in their capacity as staff of INEC to depose to witness statements on oath” to contradict INEC position on the mandatory use of card readers for the said election.
The petitioners explained that the INEC staff had contradicted the commission’s position on the mandatory use of card readers in their witness statements.
Alleging that the commission’s employees had “willfully and wrongly misstated” INEC’s position on the use of card readers in their planned witness statement, APC and Emerhor quoted the INEC employees to have stated, “Denies that 3rd respondent (INEC) prescribed the mandatory use of electronic card readers for the accreditation of voters for the election held on April 11, in each of the polling units in each Local Government Area of Delta State.
“That the Electoral Act is a comprehensive Act, which deals with the conduct of elections in Nigeria. Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) provides for the only mode of accreditation of voters, which is solely through the register of voters. Accreditation at an election is regulated by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
“That the introduction of Card Reader Machine is a mere instruction at the election to facilitate the accreditation process and does not in any way equate with or obliterate the express provisions of the Electoral Act, which are extant for all purposes”.
APC and Emerhor further alleged that the aforementioned INEC employees had said in their statement that the commission had envisaged that the card reader could fail, which would necessitate the use of manual accreditation.
They quoted the INEC staff as adding, “That from inception, it was contemplated that upon failure of the Card Reader Machine, other contingencies will be resorted to in order to ensure that election is duly conducted and that legitimate voters are not disenfranchised.
“That the ultimate mechanism was a resort to the manual accreditation as provided for in the Electoral Act. That with the challenges presented by the Card Reader Machines, the process of accreditation proceeded as was expressly provided for in the Electoral Act. There were no acts of non-compliance which materially affected the result of the election”.
APC and Emerhor, in the petition, argued that the said INEC officials “are misrepresenting INEC and are not acting on INEC’s directives but are out to embarrass the commission and put its well-earned reputation as a fair electoral umpire at risk”.
They, therefore, called on the Acting Chairman of INEC, Mrs Amina Zakari, to use her good offices to look into their complaint against the three INEC employees involved at the tribunal case with a view to “maintaining and defending the official position of the commission without let or favour to any of the parties to the election petition”.
Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.
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.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
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He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
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