Osun Guber Will Serve As A Mirror To 2019 – Agbaje

By Ismail Kolapo

The State of Osun Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr. Segun Agbaje, has disclosed that the September 22nd gubernatorial election in the state would serve as a mirror to the 2019 general election.

Mr. Agbaje charged politicians to allow peace before, during and after the election.

He said this while featuring on a RAVE FM programme on Friday in Osogbo.

Mr Agbaje appealed to all political parties that are interested in the forthcoming election in Osun to join hands with the commission for a smooth and credible election.

The REC who coordinated the 2014 governorship election in the state of Osun also stressed that only 30 percent out of those who collected their PVCs voted in the last exercise.

He urged parties to involve in voter education in order to reduce void ballots in the polls.

Mr Agbaje promised that INEC would put in its best to have a free, fair and credible election.

New INEC REC Deployed To Osun

In less than five months to the September 22nd governorship election in Osun, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has deployed a new Resident Electoral Commissioner to the state.

The new REC, Mr Olusegun Agbaje resumed duty at the INEC headquarters in Osogbo, capital of the state on Monday.

It was confirmed that the new REC was received by the Administrative Officer of the commission who conducted him round the key departments in the state headquarters of the commission.

On resumption, Agbaje held a meeting with some very senior officials of the commission.

Agbaje was the REC posted to the state to oversee the 2014 governorship election in the state which he conducted successfully.

Osun Gets New REC

By Nofisat Marindoti 
Mr Olusegun Agbaje has been posted to the State of Osun by The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as the new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC).
Sources confirm that the new REC  resumed at the INEC headquarters in Osogbo, capital of the State on Monday.
Agbaje was received by the administrative officer of the commission who took him around the key departments in the headquarters.
On resumption, Agbaje held a meeting with some very senior officials of the commission. The subject matter of the meeting was not disclosed to our correspondent.
Agbaje is not new to Osun. He was posted to the state as election REC during the 2014 governorship election in the state which he conducted successfully.

INEC Swears In Seven New RECs

Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) has sworn in seven new Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) bringing the total number of serving RECs in the commission to 33.

Performing the ceremony on Tuesday in Abuja, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, expressed confidence that the new RECs would contribute to the commission’s determination to make 2019 general elections the best in the country.

He said “with the track records of service in the academia, public service and private sector, it is gratifying to note that the new RECs made positive contributions to the society in various ways.

“I am equally delighted to note that some of you have managed elections at national level as RECs.

“I am confident that you will bring to bear on your new assignments, the experience of the recent past that will contribute to our determination to make the 2019 general elections our best elections in Nigeria.”

Yakubu advised the new commissioners to maintain openness and consultations, as well as be firm and courageous in carrying out their new assignments.

The chairman disclosed that in addition to the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections, the commission would be conducting four bye-elections this year to fill vacancies.

These, according to him, include Takum state constituency in Taraba, Lokoja/Koton-Karfe Federal Constituency in c, Bauchi South Senatorial District, and Kastina North Senatorial District in Kastina State.

The INEC boss reassured newly registered voters in the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration ( CVR ) of getting their Permanent Voter Cards ( PVCs ) before the 2019 general elections.

He added that “we have consistently reassured the public that for those who registered in 2017, their PVCs would be available for collection in the first week of May 2018.

“Those who registered in the first quarter of this year, that is between January and March, as well as those who are registering right now in the second quarter of this year, would collect their cards thereafter.”

Yakubu also reassured the public and those who applied for replacement of their PVCs that their cards would be available for collection before the 2019 general elections.

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“For those who registered in Ekiti and Osun in 2017 and 2018, priority attention was given to the production of their PVCs, such that all the cards would be available ahead of the July 14 and Sept. 22 governorship elections,’’ he said.

Responding on behalf of the new RECs, Mr Segun Agbaje, representing Ekiti State, pledged the new commissioner’s readiness to justify the confidence reposed in them.

He said “by the grace of God, we shall finish well.”

He expressed confidence in the leadership of Yakubu, saying “with your style of leadership, we would
not be surprised if 2019 elections turned out to be the best elections in the country.”

The new RECs are: Mr Baba Yusuf and Mr Segun Agbaje, representing Borno and Ekiti states for second term.

Others are Dr Uthman Ajidagba, Kwara; Yahaya Bello, Nasarawa State; Dr Emmanuel Hart, Rivers; Mohammed Ibrahim, Gombe and Dr Cyril Omorogbe, Edo.


Again! Senate Fails To Confirm Mahmud As Zamfara INEC REC

An attempt for reconsideration of Zamfara Resident Electoral Commissioner nominee, Mr. Ahmad Mahmud, Thursday failed for the second time in the Senate.

Speaking through order 127 of Senate rules, Senator Kabir Marafa representing Zamfara Central Senatorial district explained that the petition by the State governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari against the nominee was political witch-hunting.

Marafa said, it would amount to injustice, if the Senate decided to step down Zamfara REC nominee based on the petition, adding that “Senators are not boys of the Governor Yari.”

“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I want to come under order 127 of Senate rules to state that there were requirements for which petitions raised must be met”

“I want to say categorically that the governor of Zamfara State wrote the petition, and the petition was not backed by affidavit and it should be ignored.”

“The nominee, Mr. Ahmad Mahmud was born in Anka, schooled in Zamfara, became Attorney-General of Zamfara State at a time, was Chairman Zamfara State Anti-Corruption Commission”, he added.

Marafa insisted that while the nominee was born and bred in Zamfara, Governor Abdulaziz Yari’s grandparents were not from Zamfara state.

He pleaded with the Senate President to sustain the Committee report which was earlier submitted.

Reacting the Senate President noted that taking such moves would be against the laid down procedures of the Senate.

Saraki insisted that the Committee should be allowed to study the petition and turn in report, assuring that justice would prevail in the matter.​