UK Confirms INEC Results As Authentic

The United Kingdom Government has confirmed that the results of the presidential election as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were authentic.

British Minister of State for Africa, Harriet Baldwin, said the results were consistent with the results obtained through the Civil Society Parallel Vote Tabulation process.

“Along with our international partners, the UK believes the Nigerian people can have confidence in the result,” she said.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, early Wednesday morning declared President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the 23 February election, with 15,191,847 votes. His main challenger Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party scored 11, 262,978 votes.

But the PDP agent at the collation centre declined to sign the results and later Atiku also rejected the verdict and said he would challenge it in the court. In a press conference on Wednesday, Atiku ramped up the rejection by raising issues of ‘statistical impossibility’ about the results in some states of Nigeria.

The statement by the British minister was the first authentication of INEC result.

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INEC Presents Certificate Of Return To Buhari, Osinbajo

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has presented the certificate of return to President Muhammadu Buhari, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, following their re-election.

President Buhari was declared the winner of the presidential election in the early hours of Wednesday after he polled a total of 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, who scored 11,262,978 votes.

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2019 Elections: Kogi Governor Vows To Bring Perpetrators Of Killings To Book

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has vowed to bring those behind the killings and pockets of violence recorded in the last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly, in some parts of the state to justice.

He said that such acts were inimical to the zero tolerance stance of his administration, and as such will be investigated and those behind it made to face justice.

The governor Wednesday in a radio broadcast to the people of the state thanked them for their massive turnout and voting to return President Muhammadu Buhari into office.

He described Buhari’s second term victory at the poll as a watershed moment.

He said: “The reelection of Mr. President along with his able running mate, His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, marks the watershed moment of the 2019 general elections, and in particular, the presidential and National Assembly Elections.

“I thank the great people of Kogi State for their massive turnout and peaceful conduct. This amply demonstrates your commitment to the democratic process characterised by free and fair elections.

“We have done our best to complement your aspirations by placing the credibility and integrity of the electoral system above any desires to win every contested seat, and by all available means.

“Despite initial teething pains and some malignancy in the campaigns, we did our best to provide the secure and conducive atmosphere needed by our people to exercise their franchise freely. In the end, the good people of Kogi State spoke loud and clear that despite any shortcomings, government at state and federal levels have acted substantially in line with their mandate.

“The voice of the people is the voice of God. Our people have resoundingly insisted that while change must now make way for progress, the All Progressives Congress still remains their preferred driver for the journey ahead.

“As a government, we have been forced to function with only one federal legislator in the entire state, so the outcome of these elections is a great victory and a precious gift to us by you. By your votes, you have improved our abilities to function well as a government by giving us a majority of the elected federal legislators. It will now be easier for what belongs to us to be harnessed in Abuja and brought home for the benefit of our communities.

“I am saddened by the pockets of violence which marred the elections in some constituencies and led to loss of lives and properties. I am particularly pained by the death of Mr. Daniel Usman who came out to exercise his civic duty to vote only to have his life cut short by a stray bullet at Anyigba. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and to all those who may have suffered unjustly in any other manner.

“Most significantly, I also give them my word that we will ensure they get justice by getting to the roots of the problems and bringing all perpetrators to book. We will ensure that legal action is taken against individuals and institutions which prevented or disrupted the conduct of elections in some polling units across the state.

“Our stated objective of zero tolerance for crimes and insecurity remain intact, thus we cannot condone such recklessness or neglect to punish them.

“As we prepare for the state Assembly Elections on March 9, we again urge our people to troop out enmasse and cast their votes. It will help the conduct of government business greatly if our people can also help us again by voting people at all state constituencies who will not delay or totally derail the business of government with unnecessary party politics. Nevertheless, we reiterate that our primary commitment is for everyone to come out and vote their choice without any form of duress.

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YIAGA Commends INEC, Says Election Results In Line With Its Estimated Range

A civil society organisation, YIAGA AFRICA on Wednesday verified the results of the just concluded 2019 Presidential election announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

YIAGA AFRICA said the result is in line with its Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) estimated range.

Dr Hussaini Abdu, Chair, YIAGA AFRICA Watching The Vote (WTV) made this known at a news conference on the group’s Statement on the 2019 Presidential Election Results in Abuja.

He said the group deployed 3,030 observers, who were paired to a random statistical sample of 1,515 polling units located in every local government area (LGA) and states of Nigeria.

Dr. Abdu said the deployment to a statistical sample of polling units enabled YIAGA AFRICA to independently project the vote shares that each candidate should have received within a narrow range.

The group’s projections were based on the results announced in the polling units and would have detected any significant manipulation occurring during collation of the Presidential election results.

He called on security agencies to remain vigilant in protecting and securing lives and property in the post-election phase.

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President Buhari: Allegations Of Islamization Wicked, Deceptive, Ungodly

It has come to the notice of President Muhammadu Buhari, ahead of the forthcoming elections, that some unscrupulous Nigerians are again falsely and wickedly claiming that the administration has an agenda to impose Islam on Nigeria.

The objective is clearly to stoke up religious division for political gains. Some of these same persons made these devious and fabricated claims ahead of the 2015 election. They failed woefully.

The President strongly affirms the oath he took before the Nigerian people to faithfully defend the Constitution of Nigeria. That Constitution guarantees freedom of worship for every Nigerian. It is this guarantee that enables all Nigerians to practise their faiths or religion without hindrance.

President Buhari further affirms his commitment to freedom of religion and worship for all Nigerians, and that under no circumstance will any religion or faith be imposed on any Nigerian.

It is dangerous, deceptive and ungodly to play politics with religion.

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France Funding Atiku’s Bribes To INEC RECs Through EU Ambassador To Nigeria – Security Sources

Recent revelations have confirmed that French interests have been the funders of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s bribes to INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioners.

A security source who asked not to be named explained that the bribes were being brought into Nigeria through diplomatic channels, specifically though the European Union Ambassador, Ketil Karlsen.

“The EU Ambassador to Nigeria has been the one facilitating these bribes from France to Nigeria using his diplomatic privileges, with the money being distributed at the residence of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki”, the security source revealed.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki is known to have a very strong relationship with Ketil Karlsen, the EU Ambassador and persons close to him have revealed that the Ambassador is a regular visitor at his residence.

Recall that Ambassador Ketil was the first diplomatic guest at Saraki’s residence to congratulate him when he was discharged at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

A diplomatic source stated that Frances’ interest in paying for the bribes and ensuring Atiku’s victory is secured through even a back-channel means was based on an agreement the former Vice President has with some interests in their country to sell off NNPC to them if he wins.

The security source also confirmed that former President Olusegun Obasanjo and retired  General TY Danjuma are fully aware and part of these plans.

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BMO To Atiku: President Buhari Will Win By A Landslide

President Muhammadu Buhari would win the February 23 Presidential election with a landslide, according to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO)

This it said is based on projections and field surveys on the campaign activities of the President and the governing All Progressives Congress (APC)

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that there are indications that the deliberate effort by President Buhari and his deputy Yemi Osinbajo to bond with the Nigerian people through the ruling party’s  multi-level campaign has worked.

“For the first time since 1999 a governing party reached out to real voters through a multi-level campaign that is unknown in this part of the world

“Quite a number of Nigerians including the opposition were stunned to see the President himself leading a full blown campaign to all 36 states and the federal capital territory at the rate of two states a day.

“At the same time Vice President Yemi Osinbajo embarked on a nationwide door-to-door campaign including family chats to personally reel out the achievements of the administration in a convivial environment.

“The third level of the campaign is the Women and Youth one spearheaded by the wife of the President Aisha Buhari which was done on a zonal basis.

“Compare this with a stuttering opposition campaign that could not take Atiku Abubakar beyond 19 states before the Presidential election was postponed to February 23”, it said

The pro- Buhari group noted that the organic crowd at those rallies and the reception the APC team got are strong indicators that the President would do better than he did in virtually all the geo-political zones.

BMO said: “The crowd at the rallies showed that Nigerians are ready to hedge their bet on a President that has literally turned the country into a giant construction site than an opposition candidate which the international media has branded an “established thief and a kleptocrat.”

“It was also clear that the PDP candidate did not enjoy enough support of many of his party’s governors who were reluctant to join him on the campaign trail or campaign on his behalf at the grassroots

“From all indications, the opposition was relying on subterfuge and manipulation of the process but we at BMO are convinced that all those efforts including those that were manifest after the postponement would be resisted by Nigerians”

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2019 Elections: INEC Distributes Sensitive Materials In Ekiti

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ekiti state has distributed all sensitive materials to the sixteen local governments areas ahead of Saturday’s elections.

The exercise took place at the Central Bank of Nigeria Ado-Ekiti, in the presence of security operatives and party Agents to witness the distribution process.

Addressing newsmen, the Acting Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti state, Dr Muslim Omoleke said after the arrival of the materials at the INEC offices in the Council areas, it would be taken to various Registration Area Centres RACs where it would be re-distributed to each polling unit.

Dr Omoleke noted that the National headquarters of the commission had mandated that all materials should reach Registration Area Centres latest by noon tomorrow.

He explained that the early distribution of the election kits was to avoid late arrival of materials at polling units, adding that the materials would be adequately protected by security agents.

In a separate interview, party Agents of APC, Mr Garba Arogundade, Mr Sunday Olowolafe of the PDP and that of the Mega Party, Mr Peter Oladipupo expressed satisfaction with the distribution process, saying some issues which needed to be addressed had been communicated to INEC officials for prompt action.

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2019 Election: NURTW To Slash Transport Fare

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) says it will reduce the transport fare across the country to enable electorate travel to cast their vote in the rescheduled election next Saturday.

The President of the NURTW, Alhaji Najeem Yasin stated this in a statement released to newsmen in Abuja.

According to the statement, Alhaji Yasin regrettes the logistical challenges that led INEC to postponed the election.

The statement enjoined Nigerians not to be discourage by the development but show understanding with INEC to enable it deliver a successful election come Saturday 23rd.

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Propaganda, Lies Against Buhari Absurd – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has described as absurd, the lies, propaganda and accusations against President Muhammadu Buhari.

Osinbajo said on Wednesday night while responding to questions at an Interactive Session and Engagement held at Muson Centre, Lagos on Wednesday night.

The interactive session tagged: “Unveiling The Truth”, organised by young Christian group, had some Christian leaders in attendance.

Participants used the occasion to ask plenty of questions bothering on insecurity, economy, blaming of past administrations, social welfare for the unemployed, corruption, and timing of TraderMoni.

Other questions bothered on Next Level slogan, farmer/herders crisis, lopsided federal appointments, Islamisation, Buhari’s commitment to address critical issues in the country among others.

Responding, Osinbajo said that President Buhari was committed to addressing the problems facing the country such as security, economic and fixing critical infrastructure and fair treatment of all sections.

He said Buhari was addressing farmer/herders crises and had no intention at all to Islamise the country.

“President Muhammadu is possibly one of the most committed people I have ever met. He is committed to seeing that resources of this country are used for this country.

“In general term, we find that there is fairness in the distribution of appointments. Many of the accusations against Buhari are not true.

“Sometimes, people listen to propaganda and if we look at the facts, things are totally different. On Islamisation, first of all, it is untrue, it is propaganda.

“Anybody who complains that President Buhari is propagating islamic agenda, how is that possible?

“A lot of these are just propaganda, never listen to these. Many of these are absurd, they are deliberate propaganda. They come from the same source. Don’t believe them. Let’s be fair,” Osinbajo said.

The vice president, who urged Nigerians not to fear or doubt the good intention of the President, advised Nigerians to stop spreading rumours about things that never happened.

Osinbajo noted that the major cause of farmer/herder crisis remained pasture and water which the government had made concerted efforts to address.

On the lopsided federal appointments, Osinbajo said that the Southeast with five states had five had five ministers more than some regions with higher number of states.

On TraderMoni, he said that the national assembly approved the money for it and that it was meant to lift many Nigerians out of poverty.

On the timing of implementation, Osinbajo said that the government Social Investment Programme kicked off after the budgetary allocation was passed by the National Assembly.

According to him, the party never promised N5,000 monthly stipends for the unemployed but for the vulnerable which is ongoing.

He said the government had engaged so many youths in its N-Power programme and had to increase the number to 1.5 million young Nigerian in the Next Level out of 1.7 million people churn out of tertiary institutions every year.

On the standard of tertiary education, Osinbajo said that the major issue affecting education was not so much with the curriculum, advocating private sector thinking, ideas to enhance public education.

He added that the government would continue to create enabling environment and provide funding.

On criminality, the vice president said that the way forward was local policing and intelligence as well as immediate arrest and prosecution of criminals in the country.

On security, he said that the country had made significant progress and moved forward from what the situation was before the 2015 general elections.

The vice president said that the APC Next Level slogan centred on job creation, power, making credit more available to entrepreneurs, agriculture, infrastructure and others.

The vice president urged Christian leaders to jettison thinking about any Islamic agenda and Islamisation, saying many Christians were in the cabinet of President Buhari.

He said that the media should desist from spreading rumours, decrying fake news about Buhari being another person from Sudan.

Addressing the question accusation that the present administration often blamed previous administration, Osinbajo said that the country could not move forward without considering the past.

According to him, corruption remains the bane of national growth and development, saying that most of the woes confronting people are caused by wastefulness of past governments.

The highlight of the interaction were high praise led by choir and power-packed prayer for the country and general elections led by Bishop Wale Oke.

The participants prayed for God’s mercies on the country and God’s protection on the vice president especially from the recent air crash.

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Civil Societies Commend President Buhari Over Corruption War

The Coalition of Civil  Society Organizations for Justice and Equity has commended President Mohammadu Buhari’s war against corruption with a call on Nigerians to re-elect the President in the  forthcoming polls to enable him accomplish his mission to repositioning the country.

At a press briefing today in Abuja, the group said that the recent  arraignment and suspension of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen over allegation of non asset declaration  was an indication that the President is Winning the war against corruption.

Convener of the Group, Comrade Olayemi Success who expressed satisfaction that the President’s anti corruption crusade  has earned the Country an improved image among the international community, noted that Nigeria has also regained the confidence of foreign investors who have indicated interest to do business in it.

According to him, President Buhari’s administration has recorded huge success in the recovery of looted funds through the whistle blowing policy as well as ensured that loopholes in the nation’s treasury are blocked through the enforcement of the BVN and TSA policies.

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PDP Now Self-Appointed Protector Of Ballot Box Snatchers – Presidency

The Presidency has reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment that anyone who dares to snatch ballot boxes during next weekend’s elections will be doing this for the last time, saying it should be seen as a strong message against the long history of savagery associated with elections in the country.

Speaking to State House Correspondents on Monday, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, recalled some past elections in parts of Nigeria, during which innocent voters lost their lives while ballot boxes were being snatched by armed thugs.

“Snatching ballot boxes often entails putting the lives of innocent Nigerians at risk. About 10 years ago, evidence was brought before an election tribunal from one of the states in North Central of the gruesome killing of 26 prospective voters by ballot box snatchers. Their modus operandi is well known. They storm election venues in commando style, overwhelm the law-enforcement agents and seize ballot boxes leaving a trail of death and injury,” Shehu said.

According to him, “Anyone who dares to put the lives of innocent citizens at risk in their desperation to rig elections, must be prepared for the possibility of losing their own lives because our security agents will certainly not stand by, clap for them and watch them kill and maim.”

He added that President Buhari had the safety and security of Nigerians uppermost in mind when he made the comment, and should be praised rather than criticised for issuing this stern warning to potential ballot box snatchers.

Shehu further expressed concern about those attacking the president’s comment, and their worry over the fate of anyone caught snatching ballot boxes.

“This sounds like members of the opposition, specifically the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP who have perfected plans to rig the elections and to snatch ballot boxes. They can tell that President Buhari is not prepared to tolerate their antics this time around, and they are afraid. They have shown their intent,” he said.

The presidential spokesperson noted that no one had anything to fear from the President’s comments if their conscience and intentions are clear.

“Let’s just have free and fair elections and no one need worry about anything,” he said.

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