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Wike: Those Who Burnt INEC Office Not Ready For Rerun Elections

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Nyesom Wike-INEC OfficeGovernor Nyesom Wike has declared that those responsible for bombing the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s office in Bori-Ogoni, the traditional headquarters of Ogoniland, are the same politicians from the state who petitioned the commission, asking it to shift the rerun elections on security grounds.

The INEC office in the area, which is the seat of Khana Local Government Area of the state, was bombed by unknown persons on Friday less than a week to the July 30 inconclusive rerun polls in Rivers.

Addressing journalists after inspecting the burnt section of the office, Governor Wike said the arson should not serve as an excuse for the elections to be postponed again.

He expressed regrets that politicians, who are afraid of the rerun elections, would go to the extent of burning down public facility to convince INEC that the rerun elections should be shifted.

Wike, however, pointed out that no election materials were deposited in the building at the time the arsonists struck, adding that the burnt section only served as a hall for collation of election results.

He said: “Those who burnt this office were not ready for the elections. They don’t want INEC to conduct the elections because they know that they don’t have the chances of winning.

“They want to use the issue of security to justify the request for postponement. If not, INEC has not brought election materials to this office. What they have done is to scare INEC.

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“For us, we are not surprised. We know this is what they have planned to do”.

He advised INEC not to be deterred by the arson, urging it to go ahead with the elections as scheduled.

The governor also directed the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the crime just as he advised politicians not to see elections as a do or die affair.

Wike added that “We will make sure that this does not dampen the spirit of INEC. I have directed the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Local Government Area to immediately rebuild the burnt office”.

The governor said that the state government will provide an alternative office for INEC to conduct the rerun elections in the area, adding that the people have been duly mobilised and are ready to cast their votes come July 30.

Earlier, Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for the area, Stephen Okunade, said there was no security at the INEC office at the time of the arson.

According to him, the lone private security guard was absent when the perpetrators struck.

Mr. Okunade added that the private guard, who has been detained, only returned while the office was burning.

Gov. Wike was accompanied on the visit by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Uche Anozie and top government functionaries.

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

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“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

Also Read: BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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