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Kogi Polls: INEC’ll Continue To Uphold Sanctity Of The Ballot – Yakubu

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Arase-YakubuChairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, ​has ​declared that the next governor of Kogi State would be decided by the electorate, and nobody else.

The governorship election in Kogi holds this Saturday amid accusations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the Presidency has concluded plans to rig the exercise in favour of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu.

The PDP candidate is incumbent Governor Idris Wada.

Speaking when he received the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, at INEC headquarters in Abuja on Monday, Mr. Yakubu said the leadership of the commission would be in Kogi on Tuesday to assure everyone ​that there was nothing ​”​unsure​”​ in what it was doing regarding the forthcoming election.

“The only commitment we have to this country is to guarantee free, fair and peaceful poll.

“The decision as to who becomes the governor of Kogi state or any state in this country ultimately rest​s​ with the people.

“INEC will continue to uphold the sanctity of the ballot”, he said.

The INEC chairman said although he and other members of the commission were sworn-​in a week ago, there was an existing system, which he intends to strengthen and deepen.

Prof. Yakubu added that the meeting between the commission and the police was in furtherance of INEC’s commitment to free, fair and credible election, saying the management of the electoral process was not only that of INEC.

The INEC boss explained that the sole agenda of the meeting was to discuss with those who were responsible for providing security to ensure free and fair election.

“In 2011, in response to the outbreak of violence after election, sometime before and during elections, the commission established the Inter-Agency Consultative on Election Security, and this is at various levels.

“At the national level such as this, it is co-chaired by INEC Chairman and the representative of the National Security Adviser; at state level, it is co-chaired by the Resident Electoral Commissioner and the state Commissioner of Police.

“At the local government level, it is by the electoral officers and the division police officer.

“The purpose is to create an atmosphere for Nigerians to go and freely vote for the candidate of their choice without fear, intimidation and harassment”, Mr. Yakubu said.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Arase said the police force was partnering with sister security agencies to ensure that political thugs and other miscreants were not allowed to hijack the election in Kogi.

“Ours is to ensure we dominate the security, not to allow anybody to assault the electoral process, while we allow INEC to do its job”, Mr. Arase said.

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

#EndSARS protesters in Osun

The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on Saturday, escaped an attack by thugs which happened while he was addressing #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the state capital.

Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Hold Enugu State Govt Responsible If Anything Happens To Us – Phyno, Kcee, Zoro

As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.

While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Forms Panel Of Enquiry

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.

This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.

The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.

Also Read: BREAKING: EndSARS: Gov Sanwo-Olu reveals identities of policemen who harassed protesters

The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).

Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.

There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.

The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.

He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.

“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”

It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.

It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.

She died at the age of 81.

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