Lekan Paul

Report: Polls Shift: INEC Chairman, Yakubu, Compromised

There are indications that the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has been compromised in respect of conducting the 2019 general elections, impeccable sources have revealed.

The revelation came on the heels of the postponement of the elections by a week from Saturday, February 16 based on logistical challeges allegedly faced by the electoral commission occasioned by bad weather and sabotage.

However, there are misgivings and dissatisfaction within tjr political circle as there are accusations and counter-accusations between the two leading political parties – All Progressives Congresss (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

But the head of the commission may be acting a script as people in charge of relevant agencies responsible for INEC logistics have denied the logistics claim, saying the nation’s weather was good days to the scheduled day of the elections and the airports were ordered to operate 24 hours in order to deliver critical electoral materials across the country.

The Minister of State for Transportation (Aviation), Hadi Sirika and the leadership of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) have all put a lie to the INEC chairman’s claim of bad weather as one of the reasons for the election postponement.

Also, Prof Yakubu has been acting alone within the INEC structure, thereby sidelining the most experienced National Commissioners – Mr Lekki and Hajiya Amina Zakari – while working with a close knit group that has be compromised by the opposition.

“Professor Ibeano is said to be closely coordinating with Professor Chidi Odinkalu and indeed, the six-point plan of the INEC chairman was never discussed within INEC or with his commissioners,” one of the sources revealed.

It also been discovered that since the stakeholders meeting pf last Saturday, the chairman is yet to meet his team as the national commissioners were at home on Sunday despite efforts to keep the situation room open.

Insider sources confided in our reporter that the INEC chairman is working against the ruling APC, saying that the logistics issue and trying to hold elections without adequate preparations were designed to suppress APC votes and it took the insistence of some national commissioners, who are disposed to the fair conduct of the polls, to ensure the postponement was done in order to demobilise saboteurs.

“Initially, their goal was to force elections with shoddy logistics and announce results with high degree of low turnouts from APC strongholds.

“Interestingly, the INEC chairman has been sitting at the Abuja Airport since Friday. No one knows what he is clearing and for what. It means there is a possibility that alternative election materials are being cleared as all clearings have been concluded since and INEC is not using Abuja airport as major incoming hub. Indeed nothing can be done at airport that can’t be done elsewhere under these circumstances,” another source said.

Meanwhile, Prof Yakubu’s express pronouncement on Saturday that there is no more campaigns by the political parties is another cause for concern, as there are indications that it might be a kind of fait accompli regarding the election results.

“If he (INEC chairman) is not compromised, why will he do that? Campaigns can only stop 24 hours to the elections as specified by the Electoral Act. So, why he is going against the law if there is no deal with some people against others,” he added.

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Security Agencies Uncovers PDP’S Vote Buying Plan

Reports say that security agencies have discovered the plan by opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to deploy $3million (N1.8billion) to each state to induce voters.

The party is reported to have also co-opted former members of staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recruit loyal ad hoc staff for the elections.

Also, a member of the National Peace Committee, a body headed by former Head of State Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, has also discovered to be in the work plan of PDP.

The Nation reported that the cash was remitted before last Saturday’s postponement elections.

It reported that most state chapters were finding it difficult to change the dollars to naira because of the surveillance on Bureau De Change operators by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS).

Also, the agencies have intercepted alleged compromise of some officers of INEC, policemen and other security agents in some states.

The intelligence report, including the alleged implication of a former top official of INEC, may be presented to the chairman of the electoral commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, by the security agencies.

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How Atiku Abubakar Plotted To Rig The February 16th Presidential Election

Abuja based Citizens Response Centre (CRC) has obtained exclusive information and classified documents detailing an elaborate plot by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to compromise and rig the 2019 Presidential election.

In one of the uncovered documents deceptively captioned “Projections”, the Atiku team allocated votes to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (PDP) and President Mohammed Buhari (APC) zone by zone and state by state including the FCT.

Investigation and credible information gathered from anonymous sources privy to the plot revealed that this was part of an elaborate and well coordinated strategy to rig the election in favour of the PDP candidate. According to the sources, it was a “plan B after the firm contracted by the Atiku team had turned in a very bleak report on the chances of the candidate defeating the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari in a free and fair contest at the polls”.

The sophisticated plan entailed hacking into the INEC data base and feeding in already concocted figures. This would match doctored results from compromised Resident Electoral Commissioners and INEC staff.

Further investigation revealed that this was one of the reasons why the PDP desperately insisted on electronic transmission of results through a last minute ammedment of the Electoral Act spearheaded by Senate President Bukola Saraki whose political future lies heavily on an Atiku victory.

It was revealed that part of the grand plan was to compromise some INEC officials. Credible information indicate that as much as $1M was earmarked for some Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in selected states especially in the South East and South South.

The elaborate plot also included carting away of PVCs from some selected INEC offices and setting the offices ablaze thereafter to cover the tracks.

Electronic Card Readers were to be pre-programmed while huge amounts were budgeted to bribe INEC adhoc staff and security agents at the polling units.

In addition, ballot papers already in their possession would be thumb printed and result sheets filled all in advance to back up the already manufactured figures.

With these done and after compromising the INEC system through a combination of technology and complicit INEC officials, Atiku Abubakar would be declared the winner and the onus would then be on the loser to go to the Tribunal according to the plot.

Investigations also revealed that this was the point where the now suspended Chief Justice of the Federation would have come into the picture according to the grand plot. The CJN with the resources to be put at his disposal would ultimately bring his weight to bear to ensure that the election result was sustained.

It is not clear whether these revelations played a role in the postponement of the election scheduled for 16th February but there are clear indications that the top heirachy of INEC is aware of this grave plot.

The Atiku camp is said to have been thrown into deep confusion by the unravelling of their plot and the postponement of the election but “they are frantically exploring other options” according to the sources.

All eyes are now on the electoral Commission and its Chairman to see what they will do about the compromised INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners and other staff and forestall any other plot by the PDP candidate to ensure a credible election on the rescheduled date of February 23rd 2019.

Citizens Response Centre

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Election Postponement: INEC Lifts Suspension On Campaign

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says political parties can resume their campaigns ahead of the rescheduled elections.

The commission gave the directive after its meeting in Abuja on Monday.

Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, had earlier said no resumption of campaign activities despite the postponement of the presidential and national assembly elections by one week.

But after the meeting of INEC officials, the commission said political parties and candidates can continue campaign activities till Thursday midnight.

The Cable

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Revealed: How Saraki Masterminded Election Postponement

It has been revealed that the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki masterminded the postponement of the Presidential elections.

In a desperate move, Saraki is reported to have warned the INEC Chairman that if he was not going to furnish him with slots to nominate persons to sensitive INEC positions he would frustrate the passage of his budget.

A source close to the INEC Chairman disclosed that the National Assembly deliberately refused to touch INEC’s budget up until November 2018, knowing that his budget was to be sourced from borrowed funds.

“This plot was masterminded by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki to perfect the rigging plans of the PDP, either by having his way with his nominees or by delaying the elections and frustrating INEC.” the source revealed.

It is recalled that funds were not disbursed until December 2018, this made things difficult for INEC which had to import some of its electoral materials.

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Election Postponement: APC To Resume Campaign Till Thursday

Aftermath of the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has said it will resume campaign nationwide.

National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, stated this today at a meeting of the party’s Caucus meeting in Abuja.

Recall that INEC had warned against the continuation of campaign after announcing postponement.

Oshiomhole, however said that the electoral management body does not have the power of making laws and cannot on its own amend the law by asking parties not to campaign after shifting the election.

He said the APC and its members nationwide will continue in their campaign till Thursday this week as provides for by the Electoral Act and will be prepared to meet the commission in court.

He also accused the commission of failing to take concrete action against some of its officials accused of taking side with certain political parties.

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Election Postponement: A ‘Rude Shock’ Says Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the general election as a rude shock to the country.

The governor, at a church service on Sunday in Port Harcourt, called on the international community to continue to put pressure on the authorities to do what is right in the interest of the nation.

Describing himself as a member of the “Nigeria Must Be Better” group, Governor Wike called on Nigerians to come out with renewed determination to participate in the polls on February 23 and March 9.

“This week you are coming in, come with all amount of energy and say, ‘truly Nigeria must be better,” the governor admonished his audience.

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Gunmen Kill Four NDLEA Officers In Ondo

Unknown gunmen have shot dead four officers of the Ondo state command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at a checkpoint near Ifon area on Owo/Benin City Road.

The incident occurred on Sunday evening at the checkpoint located at lkaro/ Sabo axis of the Owo/Benin City highway.

The gunmen numbering three and suspected to be Indian hemp dealers, came on motorcycle with AK 47 rifles and shot five NDLEA officers on duty at the checkpoint, but one of the agency’s operatives escaped from the scene.

Confirming the incident, the NDLEA Commander in Ondo state, Mr Haruna Gagara said no arrest had been made, but disclosed that the agency with other security agents were on the trail of the suspected criminals.

The Commander lamented that the gunmen also set ablaze the NDLEA official vehicle at the scene and escaped with the deceased service rifles.

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INEC Meets Over Ban On Campaign

Following the opposition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) ban on electioneering during the one week extension of poll, the commission will meet today to review the restriction.

INEC, according to its national chairman’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, would meet to review its position and decide whether or not to reopen campaigns.

The two leading parties have argued that the commission’s restriction has no basis in law.

The PDP also alleged that fresh facts have confirmed that officials of the federal government and the APC have been sabotaging INEC in a well-orchestrated plot to engineer staggered presidential election, contrary to simulated stance by the presidency and the party’s National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole.

The main opposition party also urged the electoral body to rescind its decision on the suspension of campaigns by political parties, a position backed by the Director of Strategic Communications of the ruling party’s Presidential Campaign Council, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, who described as illegal, the decision of INEC not to allow political parties to engage in further campaigns, despite the postponement of the presidential election to Saturday.

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The Fall Of The Dubai Strategies And The Wailing, By Ussiju Medaner

We had known and categorically asserted before now that the only reason Atiku and his cohorts went to Dubai to plan their way into Presidency was because they already knew that they had no chance of winning a free and fair election, at this moment, against President Buhari or in the nearest future against any serious contender.

The Dubai meeting was a concoction of schemes to collectively rob the entire Nigerian electorate and win the presidential election through devilry, cheating, deceit and unholy manipulations of the electoral processes.

The major strategies produced by the evil propositions from Dubai contain three elements. The first was the grand plan to internally disrupt the entire country with lies and unfounded propagandas against the sitting president. They were so good at it but the problem is that Nigerians have become more enlightened and able to sieve the lies and discard mendacities. This is responsible for the ineffectiveness of the very many lies from Atiku, his running mate and their many pawns. That is the reason the Amina Zakari issue, the ownership of 9-mobile and the very many other fabrications from the campaign council of Atiku Abubakar were all dead on arrival. We all remember the vice-presidential debate and the myriad of unnecessary concoction of figures and lies to deceive Nigerians to accept the candidature of Atiku and the good jobs Nigerians did after the program to rebuke PDP for reducing itself to such a trifle.

The second plan was the engagement of the services of Mr Brian D. Ballard of the BALLARD PARTNERS, INC., a US-based firm which was believe to have lobbied for diplomatic waiver to enable Atiku enter United States, is planning to manipulate the electoral system electronically the very way they did for Trump in the last election in the US. Mr Brian and his office are said to be placed on a contractual agreement worth $90,000 (?31.5m) monthly which shall also last for as long as the contract would, came under the obligation to pave way for Mr. Atiku to enter US despite a long standing ban on him. According to reliable information the firm also has the task of organization and perfection of a cyber-attack in Nigeria to aid his victory at the polls. It was for this purpose that the PDP insisted on passing of the electoral law that will approve only electronic transmission of election results from the field. The company’s responsibility was to import the technology and train the manpower to use it locally. The proposed software would have jammed INEC system and automatically replace several documents during transmission. It therefore creates little wonder that until about two weeks ago when INEC came out to categorically state that all results will be manually transmitted, PDP was still busy pushing its luck by blackmailing the commission to abandon manual transmission of results. PDP would have created a serious unprecedented integrity issue for INEC Ann the electoral process . How will INEC explain out the existence of a near legitimate result favouring the PDP as against its own authentic result in favour of another candidate? There would be cry of rigging and possibly grounds for litigation and finally an opportunity for PDP to go down gracefully as the cheated one instead of as a villain that has been disgraced.
With the exposure and failure of that plan, PDP has decided to go ahead with the plan of arresting communication in specific locations on the day of the election while they perpetuate their rigging plan. Pre-empting the possibility of the ruling party’s reaction and Nigeria’s rejection, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, speaking for his principal is already trying to divert attention from themselves when they eventually implement their plan of jamming all communications around selected regions.

It calls for serious questioning how Mr Fayose got the information that APC jammed telecoms networks 3Km around the Government House and other locations during the Ekiti Elections and yet did not cry out as has been his manner until now. We must also be prepared to stop PDP from disrupting the election and change the will of Nigerians in the forthcoming elections.

Nigerians must collectively be prepared for the PDP grand plan to create integrity issues against INEC by collating and projecting fake election results to the public and claim it is the authentic result. The plans may include breaking into INEC server to manipulate information and results transmission. This is part of their pact with some election pundits on their payroll. This will give them grounds to accuse the ruling party of rigging the elections in favour of its principal. Earlier, we raised the issue of PDP establishing command centres across the nation for this purpose.

A covering letter and report alleged to have originated from the Brian Ballard Company was immediately denied by both PDP and Mr Ballard as expected. Will he accept that the letter originated from him and truncate all chances of his principal winning the election? It is expedient of common sense to think that their first reaction should be denial. For what purpose would such a letter emerge from elsewhere at this material time? Unlike PDP, the President and his party are very sure of victory at the polls and have no reason to resort to unbecoming, disparage and diminishing acts as projected by PDP. Nigerians know better.

The third devilish agenda from Dubai was the strategic placement of the suspended CJN Walter Onnoghen. Perhaps the reason behind PDP outcry on the issue was for the singular expected duty of the then Chief Justice as defined was to await the day the presidential election litigation would get to his court and simply throw all caution to the air as he faults the victory of President Buhari and declare Atiku winner of the election and President-Elect. The fact remains that after such pronouncement, Nigeria will be turmoil; there would be chaos yet the pronouncement, like the word of gods, stands. We must all have providence to thank for exposing the suspended CJN and prevent such theft of our franchise. You would imagine the vehemence with which PDP responded to the suspension and threatened to upturn Nigeria if the decision is not rescinded. As soon as it was confirmed that Onnoghen is gone forever, Atiku started to mull losing and what would happen after that.

It is now lurid that the entire Dubai plan is a fiasco because it lacks the basic elements of healthy participation in the game of electioneering; it was filled with devilish arrangements intended to usurp power in the country. Nigeria has grown beyond manipulation, cohesion to unhealthy submission, and acceptance of lies. PDP lost contact with reality; the party was of the opinion that Nigerians were the same people they manipulated for 16 years and had their way all through but no, it has seized to be business as usual.

The worst scenario, though not coming from the Dubai template is the element of desperation currently being exhibited by PDP. After failing in its entire plan, the party has now resolved to impede smooth running of the election by preventing the use of card readers in every region possible. They have been against this all along, knowing it was singularly responsible for their loss in 2015 and would still stand as the major obstacle to whatever plan of rigging and result writing they plan. They tried without success to hand twist INEC to reject the use but the failure of the President to assent to their new electoral bill make that impossible. Now they have resolve to setting INEC offices on fire across the country. The only reason anyone would carry out such demeaning act would be to prevent the use of the card reader; so there is no way a president and a party who is a proponent of the use of the system and stand to benefit more from transparency of the system through the use of same will act in a way that endangered the system.

The incidences of fire outbreak at various INEC offices across the country must be duly investigated and perpetrators brought to book but much more, INEC must refuse to be cowed into abandoning the use of card readers in those affected areas. If need be, election should be postponed in such areas until Smart Card Readers are available. Burning offices of INEC would not give them the victory they desire, not even setting INEC headquarters on fire would, it would only postpone the doom hovering over them.

As it has always been, in all humility, I welcome constructive criticism to the above submission

May Nigeria Succeed!

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2019: Electoral Violence Looms As Group Laments Former INEC Commissioner’s Plans To Rig For Saraki Dynasty

The Harmony progressives’ forces has expressed concerns over possible electoral violence in Ilorin west constituency over the public declaration of a Former INEC commissioner, Dr Nasir Ayilara to rig for Saraki’s dynasty at the upcoming polls.

Mr Abdulwaheed Jabar, the group’s spokesperson disclosed that frustrations have been building up in the communities over the irresponsible and insensitive words credited to Dr Nasir who was known to be a core loyalist of the Senate President who is contesting for the Senate seat of Kwara central for the third time.

Jabar revealed that there were widespread confirmed report that Dr Nasir Ayilara being a former INEC commissioner for eight years and having recruited many of Saraki foot soldiers to the commission during his service years in Ilorin West was responsible for delisting many applicants for the INEC Ad-hoc staff while those who never applied were given appointment letter.

This unprofessional and awful act of Dr Nasir was made possible as he was believed to have high profile contacts at the state commission office. Jabar mentioned that Dr Nasir was strategically positioned to coordinate buying of PVCs in Ilorin West where PDP were banking on to win but the wave of the opposition party in the axis kept soaring higher which infuriates the state power to be more careful and watchful.

The spokesman revealed further that Dr Nasir Ayilara had to summon his personal AD-Hoc recruits last week where he promised them more money from Saraki fondly called “Leader” tasking them to ensure PDP victory at all cost.

To further heat up the polity, he declared full support vowing to deliver at the polls even with his life while opposition political parties have vehemently promised to resist the move. The political temperature has flared up in the communities which is brewing a looming violence if unchecked.

“It is therefore necessary to sound this to the entire world that Ilorin West may experience violent clashes as residents are now living in fears, the peaceful atmosphere have being overheated by umpires who are supposed to be neutral in the electioneering process while our political actors keep directing the tempo”

“We call on INEC to specifically investigate the nefarious act of its former commissioner, Dr. Nasir Ayilara who was also indicted by a police probe panel to have benefitted from the N23 billion bribe during 2015 elections and to beam searchlight on the activities of its AD-hoc staff with partisan interest at the upcoming polls”

Finally, Jabar called on the New Kwara Commissioner of Police to nipped this looming violence in the bud to forestall violence which if unchecked could lead to a state of emergency in the state”.

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Statement By President Buhari On The Postponement Of General Elections By INEC

I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement.

Many Nigerians have traveled to various locations to exercise their right to vote, and international observers are gathered.

INEC themselves have given assurances, day after day and almost hour after hour that they are in complete readiness for the elections. We and all our citizens believed them.

This administration has ensured that we do not interfere in any way with the work of INEC except to ensure that all funds were released to the commission.

We now urge INEC to ensure not only that materials already distributed are safe and do not get into wrong hands, but that everything is done to avoid the lapses that resulted in this unfortunate postponement, and ensure a free and fair election on the rescheduled dates.

While I reaffirm my strong commitment to the independence, neutrality of the electoral umpire and the sanctity of the electoral process and ballot, I urge all political stakeholders and Nigerians to continue to rally round INEC at this trying national moment in our democratic journey.

I, therefore, appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from all civil disorder and remain peaceful, patriotic and united to ensure that no force or conspiracy derail our democratic development.

I have decided to move back to Abuja to ensure that the 14.00 hrs meeting called by INEC with all stakeholders is successful.

Muhammadu Buhari

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