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INEC Reacts To Tribunal’s Ruling On Diri’s Sack , Says ANDP Candidate Was Ineligible

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has faulted the ruling by the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal nullifying the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
The tribunal nullified the election based on a petition by the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, which argued that it was unlawfully excluded from participating in the election.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja said the nomination by ANDP was invalid, adding that the party did not exercise its right guaranteed in the Fourth Alteration to the constitution by filing its suit within 14 days of the accrual of the said right.
He said the party conducted party primaries and submitted the name of one Peter David as its deputy governorship candidate.
He said, “As at the time of the submission of the name of the said candidate, he was 34 years-old, contrary to Section 177(b) of the constitution that makes it mandatory for a candidate for such office to attain the age of 35 years to be eligible to contest the election.
“In the candidate’s statutory declaration of age and an affidavit attached to his form, the party stated that he was born on February 10, 1985.
“On September 13, 2019, the commission wrote to the party drawing their attention to the constitutional age requirement of 35 years for governorship/deputy governorship candidates as stipulated in Section 177(b) of the constitution.
“The commission also informed them of the invalidity of their nomination for the November 16, 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa State.”
Okoye further stated that on September 21, 2019 and in response to the letter of the commission dated September 13, 2019, the ANDP wrote the commission acknowledging the invalidity of its nomination and forwarded the name of one Inowei Janeth as their new deputy governorship candidate.
“On September 27, 2019, the commission informed the party that the deadline for the submission of nominations as provided for in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities released by the commission on May 16, 2019 was Sept. 9, 2019.
“The commission also informed the party that since they did not submit a valid nomination, they couldn’t validly substitute any candidate.
“Consequently the name and logo of the party did not appear and was not reflected in the ballot paper.
“It is pertinent to note that the party did not exercise its right guaranteed in the Fourth Alteration to the constitution by filing its suit within 14 days of the accrual of the said right as the issues canvassed are pre-election issues,” Okoye said.

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Edo Election : US Hails INEC , Security Agencies

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Congratulations to the people of Edo State on a credible and peaceful governorship election. We thank the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigerian security services on the positive role they played in the election and commend their work in strengthening Nigeria’s democracy.
We recognize the critical role that Governor Godwin Obaseki and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu played in promoting peace. We also thank our civil society partners for their invaluable work in upholding democracy and accountability in this election.
The United States remains concerned with reports of some violence that did emerge during the election, and by reports of vote-buying and intimidation of both voters and civil society domestic observers. We will continue to encourage all stakeholders, including INEC, political parties, and the security services, to improve the electoral process in the upcoming Ondo State governorship election.
As a democratic partner of Nigeria, the United States remains committed to working together to achieve our mutual goals of peace and prosperity for the citizens of both our countries.

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PDP Now Controls 16 States After Winning Edo, APC 19 States

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*PDP states*
(1). Edo State – PDP
(2). Rivers State – PDP
(3). Delta State – PDP
(4). Bayelsa State – PDP
(5). Cross River State – PDP
(6). Akwa Ibom state – PDP
(7). Enugu state – PDP
( . Ebonyi state – PDP
(9). Benue State – PDP
(10). Oyo State – PDP
(11). Adamawa state – PDP
(12). Bauchi State – PDP
(13). Abia State – PDP
(14). Zamfara State – PDP
(15). Sokoto State – PDP
(16). Taraba State – PDP
*APC States*
(1). Borno State – APC
(2). Imo state – APC
(3). Kano state – APC
(4). Kaduna state – APC
(5). Nasarawa state – APC
(6). Kogi state – APC
(7). Niger State – APC
( . Plateau State – APC
(9). Jigawa state – APC
(10). Kastina state – APC
(11). Kwara state – APC
(12). Kebbi state – APC
(13). Lagos – APC
(14). Ogun state – APC
(15). Yobe state – APC
(16). Gombe state – APC
(17). Ekiti state – APC
(18). Osun state – APC
(19). Ondo state – APC
*Anambra state is APGA.*
Geopolitical Zones:
North Central – APC 5, PDP 1
North East – APC 4, PDP 2
North West – APC 5, PDP 2
South East – APC 1, PDP 3, APGA 1
South South – APC Nil, PDP 6
South West – APC 5, PDP 1
2023 permutation begin!

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Tinubu, Oshiomhole quiet days after APC loss in Edo

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The September 19 , 2020 Edo State governorship election has come and gone but the embers of the episodic event continue to glow in the glade of public discourse.
Although 14 parties fielded candidates for the poll , the result of the election showed it was a two- horse race between the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress .
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, PDP candidate , Governor Godwin Obaseki , polled 307, 955 votes to defeat his closest rival and APC candidate , Osagie Ize – Iyamu, who got 223, 619 votes .
The electoral umpire on Sunday subsequently declared Obaseki as the winner of the keenly contested election . INEC also on Tuesday presented certificates of return to the re -elected governor and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, at INEC office in Aduwawa , Benin City, the state capital .
The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd. ) , has since congratulated Obaseki on his re – election . The APC national body has also conceded defeat and congratulated the opposition PDP and its candidate .
But while the congratulatory messages poured in for Obaseki and his party , nothing has been heard from the quarters of former National Chairman of the APC , Adams Oshiomhole; and former Lagos State Governor , Bola Tinubu , who were active political actors during the electioneering process that preceded the election .
how Tinubu , in a televised broadcast a few weeks to the election , accused Obaseki of not being a democrat and how he had asked the people of Edo to reject him at the polls.
Tinubu , an APC chieftain , had also said Obaseki committed an impeachable offence in the heat of the crisis that rocked the Edo State House of Assembly weeks before the election .
On his part , Oshiomhole, who was Edo governor from 2008 to 2016 , was instrumental to the emergence of Obaseki as his successor . The two, however, soon fell out and Obaseki , who was elected on APC platform in 2016 , defected to the PDP on June 19 , 2020, after being denied APC ticket owing to intra – party squabbles .
Oshiomhole during the build – up and politicking to the 2020 governorship election in the state had said he sold a bad product to the people of the state in 2016 when he campaigned for Obaseki.
Armed with a megaphone at a rally late July 2020 , the former APC national chairman , who vigorously campaigned for Ize – Iyamu this time around , had gone on his knees and had asked his supporters to repeat a prayer after him .
He had said , “ To those I sold the product that turned out to be fake , God you know I didn ’ t know he was fake . Only time shall tell who a man is. In the name of the poor he has borrowed to consultants he transferred the money .
“ With our broom , we shall sweep him out . Together, we will bring your servant who is God – fearing , who will not repeat his mistakes and will complete the project of taking Edo to the next level . All these and many more we say in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ .”
Meanwhile , despite the fact that the APC national body conceded defeat in the election , the party in the state rejected the outcome of the poll , alleging foul play and citing alleged “ strong – arm tactics ” .
Ize – Iyamu also said he was still “ studying the results along with other party members” and will announce his next move soon .
When contacted , Oshiomhole’ s media aide , Victor Oshoke , told in a telephone interview on Tuesday evening that his principal has no comment or reaction to make on the outcome of the election .
He said , “ The result has been announced and the party in the state is consulting ; the position of the party will be released very soon . Oshiomhole does not have a personal opinion to make on the election now – he is waiting for the party ’ s position. ”
Oshoke added, “ We have a candidate and we are waiting for the candidate’ s statement . When the candidate speaks , Oshiomhole will align with the candidate’ s decision . Edo APC is waiting for our candidate to speak. ”
On his part , Tinubu ’s spokesperson , Tunde Rahman , told our correspondent in a telephone interview on Tuesday evening that his principal would speak “ at the appropriate time ” .
“ Asiwaju has not spoken . At the appropriate time , he will speak on that election , ” Rahman tersely responded when asked of his principal ’ s reaction to Saturday’ s poll .
In the meantime , Obaseki on Tuesday called on Oshiomhole, Ize – Iyamu and other APC members to put their differences aside and work for the betterment of the state.
“ We have no malice, the only thing we disagreed on is in the approach in moving Edo forward ,” the re – elected governor said .

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