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INEC Dismisses 3 Staff, Arraigns University Dons For Electoral Offenses In Akwa Ibom

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has commenced the arraignment of electoral officials indicted in the just concluded general elections in Akwa Ibom state.
Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Mike Igini, had vowed that all officials, including INEC staff, lecturers and other categories of Adhoc staff involved in any form of sharp practice to circumvent the will of the people of the state, would be brought to book.
A release issued by the an official of the commission, Odaro Aisien on Tuesday, revealed that the electoral body has “dismissed three (3) members of staff of the Commission in Akwa Ibom State office who were fingered in misconduct during the elections.
The 2019 elections in Akwa Ibom had been generally peaceful, except for some parts of Essien Udim where the electoral umpires admitted abduction, hijack of materials and other sharp practices, leading to the rerun in the area in February 2020.
Top on the list of those being arraigned are University lecturers indicted in the act of malpractice when they were engaged as Collation and Returning Officers during the elections.
According to the release, they were reported to have manipulated and falsified election results to produce outcomes contrary to the will of the people as expressed through the ballot.
“Following a formal request by the Commission, the authorities of the affected institutions released the lecturers to appear before an Investigative Panel set up by INEC Headquarters on the 12th and 26th August, 2020.
“The Panel subsequently established a prima facie documentary evidence of deliberate criminal manipulation of election results against the Collation/Returning Officers…who will be “arraigned in Court accordingly”.
Similarly, the staff who were suspended “had appeared before the Appointment, Promotion and Disciplinary Committee (APDC) of the Commission that found them culpable of acts of gross misconduct and accordingly dismissed them in line with extant rules”.
It would be recalled the State REC had warned politicians in Akwa Ibom to desist from bribing electoral officials, and had promised to bring all agents of electoral violence and malpractice to book before, during and after the 2019 general elections, in tandem with his policy of zero tolerance for corruption.
The release points that State REC had assured that every wrongful act that violates and threatens the sanctity of the ballot will be punished to serve as a deterrent to others.
“This should be a lesson and a clear message to all ad hoc Staff, particularly those that would be engaged as Supervising Presiding Officers (SPOs) and Collation/Returning Officers in future elections in this State as well as other places where the Commission would be conducting elections in the days and months ahead.
“Poll Officials must observe the highest principles of ethical standards required of them”, the release advised.
“It would be recalled that prior to the 2019 general elections, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini Esq, had repeatedly warned all electoral personnel, both permanent and ad hoc, to shun acts likely to compromise the electoral process and undermine the efforts of the Commission and the confidence of the electorate”.
“He had stressed on several occasion that the Commission, under his watch, would take all administrative and legal actions against any and all who deviate from established electoral guidelines and principles”.

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‘Tinubu Has Sold His Integrity On The Altar Of Politics’ – Yoruba Youth Forum

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Following his statement on Edo governorship election, a pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Yoruba Youth Forum (YYF) has condemned the national leader of All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed for selling his integrity on the altar of politics.
The Group in a press statement by its President- General, Comrade Abiodun Bolarinwa said that Tinubu’s statement on Edo’s governorship election was unfortunate and one that has shown Tinubu for who he truly is. “How can somebody who claimed to have fought for Nigeria’s democracy be so careless with his utterances.
It would be recalled that Tinubu accused Obaseki of being a dictator in Edo, noting that the governor also lacked the rule of law and respect for the people of the state.
He said: “I want to appeal to you to reject Godwin Obaseki in this coming election. I have suffered with many others to bring about this democratic regime that today we are enjoying in the country.
Godwin Obaseki didn’t participate in any aspect of the struggle to enshrine democracy in the country.” The Group therefore challenged Tinubu to show proof that he actually fought for Nigeria’s democracy. “It is so sad that Tinubu could claim that he fought for Nigeria’s democracy.
We know those who genuinely fought for democracy and Tinubu is not in any way among these patriotic people. Tinubu should tell us where he was between 1996 to 1997.

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Edo election: Buhari in closed-door meeting with Buni, Ganduje

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The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress , Mai Mala Buni , on Monday, led the chairman of the party ’ s governorship election campaign for Edo State , Abdullahi Ganduje , to a meeting with the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd . ) , at the Presidential Villa , Abuja.
The meeting , said to be a private one , was held behind closed doors at the President’ s office .
Although the agenda of the meeting was not made public , it held a day after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared the state governor , Godwin Obaseki , the winner of the governorship election held on Saturday .
Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party defeated Osagie Ize – Iyamu of the APC and other contestants to emerge winner of the contest .
Ganduje , who is the Governor of Kano State , was in Benin during the election but was said to have left the state on Sunday shortly before the result of the election was formally released .
Unlike the previous meetings they had with Buhari ahead of the election , Buni and Ganduje were seen using a different route apparently to avoid any encounter with State House correspondents .
As of the time of filing this report , the Presidency has yet to issue a statement on the meeting .While Buhari had on Sunday congratulated Obaseki on his electoral victory and commended INEC , the APC has yet to speak officially on the election .
After a meeting he had with Buhari on August 7 , Ganduje , had in an interview with State House correspondents , claimed that Obaseki’ s abysmal performance would make the election a walkover for the APC.

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Goodluck Jonathan Congratulates Obaseki For Emerging Victorious In Edo Election

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Former president, Goodluck Jonathan has sent a congratulatory message to Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over his victory in the Edo state election.
Jonathan in a series of tweets on Sunday, September 20, commended the people of Edo and INEC for ensuring a peaceful, credible and transparent election in the state.
The former president urged the re-elected governor to govern all people of his state without any partisan bias.
He wrote:
“I congratulate His Excellency @GovernorObaseki on his re-election as Edo State Governor. I also congratulate @inecnigeria for overseeing a process that allowed the votes of the good people of Edo to count.”
“Democracy can only be consolidated to promote good governance in our nation and continent when our elections become credible, transparent and truly represent the wish of the voters.”
“Through their ballot papers, Edo people have spoken in favour of Governor Obaseki. He should therefore rise above partisan politics and govern for the good of all.”

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