Ekiti Polls: INEC Chairman Assures Electorates Of Free, Fair Elections

File photo: INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, addressing a press conference in Abuja on February 14, 2020. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has assured electorates of a free and credible governorship election in Ekiti State.

The INEC boss gave the assurance in a statement on Thursday, hours after the commission commenced the distribution of sensitive voting materials.

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See the full statement below.

From June 2021 when we released the timetable and schedule of activities for the Ekiti Governorship Election, we have collectively implemented several activities and taken every step to guarantee a free, fair, credible, and inclusive process this Saturday 18th June 2022.

This election is coming seven months after the successful conduct of the Anambra State Governorship Election in November 2021, but it will be historic because it will be the first governorship election to be conducted based on the provisions of the new Electoral Act 2022.

At the Stakeholders’ meeting held last Tuesday, I assured the political parties, their flagbearers, and the good people of Ekiti State that the choice of who becomes the next governor of the State is entirely in the hands of the voters. I said so confidently because I strongly believe in the commitment, efficiency, and determination of all of you, our dedicated staff, to ensure a level playing field on Election Day, which is just 48 hours away.

Let us remember that the people of Ekiti State and indeed all Nigerians will be watching us closely and waiting to see if we will fulfill our promise.

They will observe the opening time of each of the 2,445 polling units in the State, the conduct of our staff, how you attend to voters and your attitude towards Persons with Disability. I appeal to you to uphold our Code of Conduct, display your usual sense of responsibility and professionalism, remain above board and firmly resist any unethical behaviour. You must ensure that no political party or candidate is accorded any advantage over the other. We must also, always, stick strictly to the Oath of Neutrality to which we have all subscribed and continually live up to the trust that Nigerians repose in us.

Amosun Receives Rousing Welcome, Rallies Support For Tinubu In Ogun

 

Former Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun received a rousing welcome to the state after the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary and called on the people to support the party’s candidate for the presidency, Bola Tinubu. 

Amosun said this on Thursday when addressing supporters, who converged on the Alake Palace Pavilion in Abeokuta for the welcome rally.

“I want to be President of Nigeria but my wanting to be president of Nigeria is just 20 percent and that 80 percent of it is that the presidency should come to the southwest; lo and behold, almighty God has answered that prayer, ultimately, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is our flag bearer will be the President of this great nation, Nigeria,” the former governor said at the event.

“So, what I want you to do, all the love, all the support, all the prayer that you have been giving to me, continue but, please, extend that support and prayer to our flagbearer, support APC, let us all campaign round because this is the only country that we have.”

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Amosun was one of the aspirants for the APC presidential ticket. Twitter@SIAmosun

 

Amosun, who was among several aspirants that stepped down for Tinubu during the APC presidential primary, said his move was based on the party’s northern governors to support the former Lagos State governor.

Champion of democracy returns to a rousing welcome in Abeokuta#IbikunleAmosun #Amosun2023 pic.twitter.com/r5Fh2u59Bh

— Sen. Ibikunle Amosun (@SIAmosun) June 16, 2022

He maintained that he is not desperate to become the presidential candidate of the APC and that the aspirations of the South West override any personal ambitions.  Amosun said working together will ensure Tinubu’s win in next year’s election.

Police Arrest Boko Haram Bomb Manufacturer In Taraba

 

The Taraba State Police Command has arrested a suspected bomb manufacturer who also is a member of the Boko Haram terrorist group linked to three bomb explosions recorded in the state this year.

The suspect was arrested in his house which he uses as a factory at Tella town within Gassol Local Government area of the state.

He was apprehended with different arms, ammunition, explosives, and devices for manufacturing bombs.

Authorities say the suspect who is from Zamfara State, and is being held at the Taraba Police Command in Jalingo, is also a member of a kidnapping syndicate terrorizing, Niger, Kogi and Taraba states for more than a year now.

 

On April 19th and 22nd this year two improvised explosive devices exploded killing no fewer than 10 persons in two separate attacks in Taraba State, both at drinking joints.

About 18 days after, another explosion occurred at the headquarters of six brigade Nigeria army located in the state capital.

Acting on credible intelligence, the police swung into action leading to the arrest of the bomb manufacturer.

Parading the 37 year old native, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Abimbola Sokoya revealed that the police have sprayed their dragnet and soon operatives will capture two other suspects who are currently at large even as investigations continue.

 

South East Votes Alone Can’t Give Us Presidency, Chidoka Tells South East

A former Minister of Aviation, Mr Osita Chidoka

 

A former Aviation Minister Osita Chidoka believes the southeast should continue to liaise with other parts of the country to improve the region’s chances of getting the presidential seat. 

He made the comment when he featured on Channels Television’s Politics Today amid claims that the region has been sidelined by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 elections.  Chidoka argues that collaboration with other regions will be key to having a president from the southeast.

“What I think the southeast is going to be doing is recalibrate our presence in the PDP and continue our strong push for a president from the southeast,” the PDP chieftain said on Thursday.

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“So, I think we have four to eight years between us and the presidency. We need a strong candidate. We need to continue building on what we have gained already. We need to build ourselves up to be able to present that candidate that would tell the country ‘It is our turn’. And that our turn will be fought on the grounds of the Eagle Square; on the grounds of wherever the primary is,” Chidoka added.

“We hope that that candidate will be able to elicit votes from other parts of the country because southeast votes are not going to make us president. No matter how many southeast votes we get for ourselves, we need to convince the rest of the country to support our aspirations.”

Chidoka, who spoke on the heels of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s emergence as the vice-presidential candidate of the PDP, believes that the Delta State leader is eminently qualified to serve as Atiku’s running mate.

According to him, having served across all political strata – from local to state and federal level – Okowa has all it takes for the position.

“He brings an interesting array of experience,” he added

‘Help Is On The Way:’ PDP Govs. Congratulate Okowa On VP Candidacy

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Photo: Twitter-@IAOkowa

 

Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have congratulated Ifeanyi Okowa on his emergence as the party’s vice-presidential candidate for the 2023 polls.

The PDP Governors Forum (PDP-GF) in a statement signed by its chairman Aminu Tambuwal on Thursday, said Okowa’s emergence is a sign of hope for Nigerians.

“The Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum (PDP-GF) hereby congratulates the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, on his emergence as the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 General elections,” the statement read.

“The PDP-GF notes in particular that the PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, GCON, promised to select a serving PDP Governor as his running mate, ostensibly not just because of the contributions of the Governors to the effective running of the Party and its stability, but because of their experience and executive capacity. He kept his word.”

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Furthermore, they noted that “Governor Okowa has distinguished himself as Governor of Delta State. He also has cognate legislative experience as a former Senator. He has what it takes to be an effective Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

The governors blamed the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for ruining the country but expressed optimism that an Atiku-Okowa ticket will make things better.

“The great task of recovering, rescuing, and rebuilding Nigeria begins with the Atiku / Okowa ticket. The APC has completely messed up Nigeria. It has failed in all aspects of governance; insecurity, bad economy, dysfunctional education, health, and social services are the hallmarks of the APC administration,” their statement added.  “With the Atiku/Okowa ticket help is on the way. We shall overcome.”

Below is the full statement:

 

PDP GOVERNORS FORUM CONGRATULATES GOV. IFEANYI OKOWA ON VP SELECTION

The Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum (PDP-GF) hereby congratulates the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, on his emergence as the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 General elections.

The PDP-GF notes in particular that the PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, GCON, promised to select a serving PDP Governor as his running mate, ostensibly not just because of the contributions of the Governors to the effective running of the Party and its stability, but because of their experience and executive capacity. He kept his word.

Governor Okowa has distinguished himself as Governor of Delta State. He also has cognate legislative experience as a former Senator. He has what it takes to be an effective Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The great task of recovering, rescuing and rebuilding Nigeria begins with the Atiku / Okowa ticket. The APC has completely messed up Nigeria. It has failed in all aspects of governance; insecurity, bad economy, dysfunctional education, health and social services are the hallmarks of the APC administration.

With the Atiku/Okowa ticket help is on the way. We shall overcome.

Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR
Chairman, PDP Governors Forum
Abuja

PHOTOS: INEC Distributes Election Materials For Ekiti Guber Poll

INEC on Thursday commenced the distribution of election materials in Ekiti State. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Thursday, commenced the distribution of sensitive materials for the governorship election in Ekiti state.

The distribution was done at the INEC office in Ado Ekiti in the presence of journalists, political parties, security agents and electoral officers.

This comes ahead of the election in the state scheduled for June 18.

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APC Candidate Oyebanji Not Disqualified From Ekiti Guber Poll – Court

File photo of the APC Governorship candidate in Ekiti, Biodun Oyebanji.

 

The Federal High Court has debunked claims that it had disqualified the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the Ekiti State Governorship election, Biodun Oyebanji.

“The attention of the Federal High Court has been drawn to an online report in circulation on the above subject matter with a purportedly assigned Suit Number: FHC/ABJ/CS/528/22, claiming that Hon. Justice Inyang Ekwo disqualified the APC candidate, Biodun Oyebanji from the Ekiti governorship election, less than 48 hours to the polls,” a statement by the Assistant Director Information, Federal High Court of Nigeria, Catherine Oby Christopher, Ph.D, said on Thursday.

“The Federal High Court hereby debunks the existence of any such case in its entire jurisdiction and indeed the Court Order as alleged”.

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According to the court, there has been no such case before Hon. justice I.E Ekwo.

Christopher described the said report as unfounded, very mischievous and aimed at not only misleading members of the public, but also causing tension.

“It is worrisome that some media practitioners hasten to give false information to the public for their own selfish interests, thereby unduly heating up the polity.

“Professionalism and truth remain ethical values that should guide journalists in their daily reportage of issues.

“This spurious reportage sold out to the public is most unfortunate and unacceptable. It should be totally ignored,” the information director said.

Black US Teen Cleared Of Murder, 91 Years After His Execution

A suspended rope used to illustrate death by hanging.

 

An African-American teen executed in 1931 for the murder of a white woman was exonerated by a Pennsylvania court this week, after decades of lobbying by his only surviving sister.

Alexander McClay Williams, age 16, was convicted by a white jury in just four hours, and remains the youngest person ever put to death in the eastern US state.

But 91 years later, a county judge dismissed the case and declared Williams was innocent.

“I’m just happy that it finally turned out the way it should have in the beginning,” Williams’ sister, Susie Williams-Carter, was quoted by the Philadelphia Inquirer as saying on Thursday.

“We just wanted it overturned because we knew he was innocent, and now we want everyone else to know it, too,” the 92-year-old said.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said in a statement that the case was dismissed on Monday, after years of litigation.

The decision “is an acknowledgement that the charges against him should never have been brought,” the statement said.

The case is the latest recognition of historic racial injustices in the US legal system, which convicted and in several cases executed innocent Americans, many of them Black, in the century following the 1861-1865 Civil War.

On October 3, 1930, the estranged ex-husband of Vida Robare, a white matron at the Glen Mills School for Boys, a detention center for young offenders, found Robare’s body.

She had been “brutally murdered” in her cottage, which was on the school’s grounds, the district attorney’s statement said. The ex-husband, Fred Robare, also worked at the school.

Williams, who was serving an indefinite term at Glenn Mills, was charged with the crime.

Interrogated five times without the presence of a lawyer or a parent, he signed three confessions — “despite the lack of eyewitnesses or direct evidence implicating him,” the statement continued.

When he was finally appointed a lawyer, it was William H. Ridley, the first African-American member of the county bar.

“Ridley was given $10 by the Court for expenses (approximately $173 today), and had only 74 days to establish a defense, without the assistance of investigators, experts, or resources,” the statement said.

“The Commonwealth had assembled a 15-member team to handle the trial, which lasted less than two days. The defendant faced an all-white jury, which found him guilty in less than four hours. No appeal was ever filed.”

Stollsteimer paid tribute to the Williams’ sister and Ridley’s great-grandson, who “worked tirelessly for years to demonstrate the inconsistencies in the evidence as well as the unscrupulous manner in which the case was handled.”

There was “substantial” evidence that was either ignored or unexamined, he said.

That included the bloody handprint of an adult male found near the door of the crime scene, photographed by police but never mentioned at trial — and the fact Vida Robare divorced her husband for “extreme cruelty,” but he was never examined as a suspect.

“We believe that this young man’s constitutional protections were violated in an irreparable way,” said Stollsteimer.