You mandated all Corps members to locate their pulling units and sleep over to the following day for election without any plan as to the welfare of the Corps members“We slept under the moonlight with natural AC from heaven freezing our body. “Our colleagues in the northern part of the country suffered regrettably under the cold north-east wind which blows across the Sahara desert and fetches the poor Corps members on the green hillsides. “We write to inform you that we have lost hope and confidence on this Commission and as such, not interested on your ad-hoc duties. Another form of scam but we are contented compared to the death warrant you almost lured us into signing. “We call on the International Labour Organisation to warn your Commission never to invite us again on any of your assignments.
February 18, 2019 06:00 UTC
The Guardian learnt that a lot of the stranded air passengers resorted to travel by road after hours of waiting at the airports. The Spokesperson of the airlines, Chris Iwarah, said the harmattan haze was intense with attendant poor visibility for aircraft operations. “I want to believe you know that this market adds N1.5 billion to the Nigerian economy daily from those deals. The Communication Manager of Dana Air, Kingsley Ezenwa, confirmed that the airlines cancelled 10 local flights due to the earlier plan to have presidential elections on February 16. “It is quite disturbing because we have earlier had to persuade passengers to reschedule their flights from today.
February 18, 2019 04:41 UTC
For instance, while the National Assembly toyed with the idea of rejigging the Electoral Act 2010 to bring it at par with modern realities of technological ensigns, INEC chairman intruded on the arena. The chairman did not impress many Nigerians, but he succeeded in sustaining the impression that he was working hand in gloves with the presidency. The postponement, which Yakubu agreed was a hard decision to take, exposed the unpreparedness of INEC for such humongous national election. “Consequently, the commission has decided to reschedule the Presidential and National Assembly elections to Saturday, 23 February 2019. Whether the postponement would achieve higher voter participation or not depends on what happens next weekend.
February 18, 2019 04:30 UTC
The problemThe welfare of ad hoc staff for general elections, especially corps members has always been a topic of worry in this part of the world. Gunmen invaded a Registration Area Centre (RAC) at Orogbum Primary School in D/Line, Port Harcourt and robbed corps members recruited as ad hoc electoral officers of their valuable items. A corps member Falabi Nifemi on her tweet handle said the hoodlum who invaded the primary school at about 5:15 a.m with lethal weapons, brutalized corps members, and took away their phones, shoes, bags and other items. We arrived at our centre around 4:00pm to check our names, as some corps members didn’t get to see their names after the training they attended. Welfare and security of the corps members must be prioritised and assured before the eve of the new election date”.
February 18, 2019 04:30 UTC
The source boasted that the ruling party under the Buhari administration has achieved more than enough to retain power not minding the prevalent rate of poverty and hunger, which appear to have eroded the trust and confidence of the Nigerian masses in the government. The incumbent himself exhibited similar confidence of retaining power if the election had held on Saturday when granting an interview to CNN Africa in his hometown Daura about a day to the poll, saying that nobody could unseat him. According to him, “This can put a question mark on even the results of the elections, especially if, God forbid, it now favours the ruling party. The group said it is expedient for political actors to check for facts before hurriedly crucifying INEC. He said INEC, being an independent body, has the right to postpone any election if logistics goes wrong suddenly or anyhow, even if at the eleventh hour to the election.
February 18, 2019 04:07 UTC
Votes were simply weighed and allocated to whoever by the kilogram. He genuinely tried to clean up Nigeria’s electoral process by setting up the Justice Uwais panel on electoral reform among other things. These people have plenty of experience in getting things around a very difficult terrain like Nigeria’s. It is the rules of the game that have changed in favour of Nigerians actually voting and their votes being counted. Let us close with this prayer – elections being postponed is a sign that things are getting better in Nigeria’s democracy.
The inconsistencies associated with the preparation for the elections by the electoral umpire were part of a deliberate plot by anti-democratic forces in the country to thwart the elections, to derail the nation’s democracy. According to Ezugwu, before now, there had been subtle musings about plan by some forces to enthrone an interim government on the country.His words: “It is becoming obvious that such forces have thrown their evil spanners into the democratic works to have a reason to carry out their clandestine agenda. “These forces, we suspect, are the same that have carried out systematic arson that led to the destruction of electoral materials, including Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs), in different parts of the country few days to the election and the killings in Kaduna State on the eve of the election. “Even when the rumour of plans to postpone the polls strongly permeated the air days to the election, the electoral umpire reiterated its readiness to go ahead with the exercise as scheduled. We are shocked that INEC suddenly postponed the election about five hours to time of commencement.“The ruling party and the INEC should be held accountable should our fears come to reality, as there might be another postponement of the re-scheduled February 23 national elections.”CNPP, therefore, called on the international community and election observers to be on the alert, as discovery of already thumb-printed ballot papers and written result summary for an election that was yet to take place were part of efforts to rig, cause confusion and prepare ground for an interim government to be foisted on the country.“The CNPP and other democratic watchdogs will continue to painstakingly interrogate the electoral process with a view to exposing manipulations and electoral fraud capable of marring our hard-earned democracy,” the CNPP said.
The National Assembly elections had kicked off in states like Lagos, Kaduna, Kebbi, Delta, Zamfara and Enugu when Professor Attahiru Jega, in a press release, shifted the polls following late deployment of polls’ materials. In the early hours of April 2, 2011, Jega, the then INEC Chairman, announced that the scheduled elections would not go on due to unavailability of materials. As you know the National Assembly (House of Representatives and Senate) elections are supposed to be taking place as I speak. “The result sheets are central to the elections and their integrity. Jega said: “Consequently, the commission has decided to reschedule the 2015 general elections thus: the national elections (i.e.
Hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) made the postponement official, many streets, roads and highways remained empty. Still stunned by the sudden decision, many citizens decided not to venture out of their homes while shops remained locked. “Everybody had prepared to vote only to hear the announcement this morning that it has been postponed. “My child schools outside Lagos and I know the amount of money that brought him home as transport fare. “I was flabbergasted, when on calling a friend after seven in the morning, only to hear that the election had been postponed.
Restriction human and vehicular movements during elections by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) is illegal, human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has said.He stated that forcing people to stay indoors was contrary to the express provisions of the Nigerian constitution and other laws that guarantee freedom of movement to all citizens. According to him, it is beyond the IGP’s powers to forcibly keep people at home because of elections, since there was no law in force in Nigeria presently authorising such restriction of movement. “The Federal High Court of Nigeria, had occasion to pronounce on a similar illegal directive in the case of Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa v Inspector General of Police & five others, in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/1690/2014,” he said in a statement. He stressed that in striking down the ‘odious practice,’ Justice Mohammed Idris held that the restriction imposed on the applicant and other residents of Lagos State during the environmental sanitation day without a law prescribing such restrictions was unjustifiable and a gross infringement on the right to personal liberty and movement of the applicant.
The hands of the law caught up with a group of suspected robbers after operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), a unit of Lagos State police command arrested the syndicate believed to have been terrorising College Road, Fagba, and Abbattoir areas of the state. at College Road, Ifako-Ijaiye, after the gang had robbed more than five passers-by of their valuables brandishing knives and other lethal weapons. The suspects: Lekan Akinyemi, 23; Chimeze Ofulie, 18; Babangida Abdullahi, 22; Abubakar Umaru, 30; Samuel Oyinloye, 24; Timileyin Oladipupo, 27; and Habeeb Olayinka. All the suspects reside in Abattoir, Agege.The suspects had on Thursday, robbed one Agafe Augustine after he alighted from a taxi at College Road, Ifako-Ijaiye. Among the items collected from him by the gang were an Android phone, N14,000 and a handbag.
By Friday, February 15, all appeared set for the Nigerian election, which first leg was to take place on February 16. Two days before, the Chief Electoral Officer and chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmud Yakubu, was asked if anything could warrant the postponement of the election and he said clearly, he saw nothing. While the meeting called by Professor Yakubu got underway, the nation came on the edge. And at 02:50 hours on Saturday, Yakubu went on air to announce the postponement of the election. “There were speculations in the social media days and hours before the actual postponement of the elections by INEC.
February 18, 2019 03:33 UTC
A final closure came for 38-year-old Adekunle Tade, an Uber driver whose body was found in Lagos lagoon after he was reported missing since December. He was laid to rest at about 8:16p.m. last Thursday at African Church Cathederal, Ifako. The burial, which was restricted to three clerics, family members, deceased’s wife and two children, took place in the graveyard located behind the church premises. Tade who drive for the car owner, Mrs. Andry was allegedly attacked by armed robbers who boarded his car from airport road, Ikeja on 4th of December 2018.Although he reported the case to Ilepo police station that the car was snatched but the car owner, Andry was not pleased with his story which made her invite him over to her apartment.
February 18, 2019 03:22 UTC
On Ogoni clean up, Idabor regretted that host communities do not want to involve Shell Petroleum, “This has become a challenge for the agency to monitor and evaluate the exercise. “We have reactivated oil spillage deal with Cameroun. We do this in terms of oil in our waterways, by monitoring through a platform to record responses activities and is accessible to the public,” he said.He therefore, called on oil firms in Niger Delta to have emergency plan on ground so that whenever there are oil spills, they should be able to contend the situation before others would join them.
February 18, 2019 03:11 UTC
Over 60 children around Oworonshoki area in Lagos State at the weekend completed a basketball training clinic, as part of the Ayo Charity Foundation activities to celebrate the Valentine. Speaking on the occasion, the technical director of the clinic, coach Awonuga Oladele Simon said apart from the Valentine programme, the basketball foundation always hold a special basketball clinic every three months to help keep the children out of the streets. “The basketball foundation is to help monitor the progress of the children in schools. Our relationship with parents gives us the privilege to get feedback on the children in terms of their behaviour. “Apart from basketball, we also create a platform to have a good working relationship with the children’s parents and teachers.
February 18, 2019 03:11 UTC