Osun 2018 Governorship Election Holds Sept 22

…..APC, PDP React

By Shina Abubakar

The Governorship election in Osun State would hold on September 22, 2018, while that of Ekiti State would hold on July 14, 2018.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the timetable on Thursday.

According to the timetable released by the commission, the commencement of campaign has been fixed for April 15, 2018 for Ekiti and June 24, 2018 for Osun.

Reacting to the timetable released by the commission, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi said, he has no doubt that the APC is a party to beat.

He said, the APC was ready for the election and sure of victory, saying, “We have the number and we are not in short supply of integrity and people’s support. We have done it once, twice and we are going to do it again.

“In 2014 when they were armed to the teeth and with huge resources from the Federal Government, we defeated the PDP. Whether in splinter or in whole, no party in Osun can upstage the APC.

“We are not swayed by their noise. That’s in their character. But just take away this: PDP is not an alternative to APC in this state. Quote me after September 22, 2018″, Oyatomi said.

Also, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its reaction through a chieftain of the party, Mr Diran Odeyemi described the situation as a welcome development, saying it would drive the PDP to hasten its reconciliatory process and reposition itself for the task ahead.

He disclosed that what INEC did was to number the days of the APC as the ruling party in the state, particularly now that the party’s congress to elect new executive members would end by November 4, emphasising that the PDP would ensure that its house is in order to take over from the APC come September 22, 2018.

He added that the leadership of the party is not relenting in its decision to pacify aggrieved members of the party and also appeal to the public, who, according to him, are already tired of the APC excesses in the state for over seven years.

Odeyemi disclosed that the party has confidence in INEC’s ability to conduct free and fair election, but quickly added that the electoral body should remember that it is a special election and should prepare for the complexities the governorship poll is likely to generate.

BREAKING: INEC Fixes Sept. 22 For Osun Guber Poll

The Osun State Governorship election will hold September 22, 2018, INEC disclosed on Thursday.

Also, Ekiti State Governorship election will hold on July 14, 2018.

Commencement date of Campaigns for Ekiti Governorship election is April 15, 2018, and that of Osun State June 24, 2018.

These were made known by INEC national commissioner, Solomon Soyebi.

Meanwhile, INEC has disclosed that more parties will soon be registered.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this during a consultative meeting with national leaders of political parties on Wednesday in Abuja.

The chairman also disclosed that INEC would, by first week of November, take its decision on pending political associations requesting to be registered as political parties.

“As I speak with you, the Commission has over 108 political associations seeking fresh registration.

“We want to assure all the associations that the Commission will register those that met the legal requirements. They should take that for granted on the Commission.’’

Yakubu accused some parties of violating the constitution.

He said 18 out of 46 registered political parties are yet to constitute their National Executive Committee (NEC) as required by the law.

“I want to draw your attention to the certain issues. The constitution is very clear on the processes and conditions for registration that must be complied with.

“Section 223 of the constitution talks about the validity of the composition of the political parties NEC.

“Unfortunately, out of the 46 registered political parties, only 28 parties are in compliance. 18 political parties have not complied”, he said.

Yakubu also expressed INEC displeasure over failure of some political parties to have functional offices in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as stipulated in Section 222 of the constitution.

“As we speak today, only 29 political parties are in compliance while 17 political parties have not.

“So, we have 17 political parties that have no offices in FCT or their rents have expired which amounts to the same thing as not having an office in FCT,” he said.

Yakubu also disclosed that only five parties have complied with the Electoral Act compelling political parties to submit election campaign expenses since the end of the 2015 general elections.

“Parties are expected to submit to the Commission their election campaign expenses for the 2015 general elections but as we speak only five political parties are in compliance.

“While 24 other political parties did not comply, the case of 17 parties is understandable because they are registered after the general elections. But for parties that contested the general elections, only five complied.”

INEC Awaits Appeal Court Decision On Melaye’s Recall Process

The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) has said it would await Court of Appeal’s decision on the latest suit on the recall of Sen. Dino Melaye before taking further steps on it.

The commission disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday night in Abuja by Mr Solomon Soyebi, a National Commissioner, and its Chairman, Information, and Voter Education Committee.

INEC had in its amended timetable and schedule of activities on the recall of Melaye, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District at the Senate, planned to issue the notice for signatures verification on Tuesday.

The amendment of the timetable was made pursuant to the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

In its judgment in a suit filed by Melaye to stop the recall process, the court dismissed the action and ordered INEC to serve him personally with his constituents’ petition for his recall and all accompanying documents.

The court directed that the documents must be served on Melaye at least two weeks to the commencement of the exercise to enable him to prepare adequately for the verification.

Meanwhile, the commission stated that all attempts to serve the senator had been futile as he had made himself unavailable.

It stated that the Bailiff of the High Court accompanied by INEC officials had visited the office of the Senator at the National Assembly and his residence on six occasions but to no avail.

The senator’s office was found locked, and the officials were also not able to gain access to him at his residence.

It added that on the resumption of the Senate after its recess, the senator refused to accept service of the documents.

“The Commission approached the court for substituted service but was directed to make another attempt to serve the senator.

“When this failed again, the commission returned to the court to pursue the request for substituted service but the court declined jurisdiction as the appeal by the senator had been entered at the Court of Appeal.”

The commission added that as a result of Melaye’s refusal to accept service of the petition, it had not been able to proceed with the process as earlier scheduled.

According to it, service of the documents on Melaye has become a condition precedent to continuing the exercise.

“INEC has therefore decided that in line with its usual practice and in deference to the rule of law, it will await the outcome of the decision of the Appeal filed by the Senator,” it said.

The commission reiterated determination to faithfully discharge all its constitutional and statutory duties and responsibilities.

It added that in doing so, it was not only guided by the Constitutional and statutory provisions, but also by the interpretations given by the courts.

“INEC does not have any interest whatsoever in the outcome of the Kogi West petition for recall.

“Its interest is limited to ensuring that all electoral activities are undertaken in line with due process and without fear or favor.

“The commission owes this duty to all Nigerians and is prepared to proceed in earnest once all legal issues are resolved.”

We Have Not Lifted Ban On Campaigns – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)on Tuesday in Abuja warned politicians and political parties against going about soliciting for electoral support, describing such action as illegal.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this at a quarterly consultative meeting with the media held at the commission’s secretariat.

“Let me warn political parties and aspirants. We have not released the schedule of activities for the elections. Anything that anybody does is illegal before the law. They should wait for the timetable of the elections”, he cautioned.

Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose had last Thursday declared his intention to vie for the nation’s presidency in 2019, an action some INEC officials said was not in contravention of any known law.

Section 99 of the Electoral Act 201 (as amended), states that “For the purpose of this Act, the period of campaigning in public by every political party shall commence 90 days before polling day and end 24 hours prior to that day”. Such a person is liable, upon conviction to a maximum fine of N500, 000.

On the budget for the 2019 general elections, Yakubu said though the commission could not immediately place a figure on the budget, it was already working on it.

“As you are aware, we have concluded the strategic plan. We are now working on the Election Project Plan. Once we conclude the Election Project Plan, a number of things would follow among which is the election budget for the 2019 general elections which would be released next week. We are unable to give you a figure for now”, he said.

The commission also pledged its commitment to conducting free and fair elections in Anambra state saying, “election makes the difference between war and peace”.

He expressed the firm conviction that the election would not be inconclusive.
Yakubu appealed for calm, assuring that “elections in Anambra will be free and fair. There is no way it can be anything than free and fair. This is the irreducible minimum. This should be taken for granted on the part of the commission.

“For a very long time, Anambra election has not been concluded on the first ballot but we are determined to conclude Anambra election on the first ballot”.

He expressed delight at what he described as the peaceful nature of campaigns in the state, adding that though the state has produced a record number of 37 contestants, it was very unusual that the commission is not bogged down by court cases as a result of a political party presenting two candidates for the elections.

Yakubu further added that the commission has so far satisfactorily tested 5, 200 Smart Card Readers and would test the remaining 1, 000 this week.

While it would publish the Register of Voters on October 18, INEC said it would, however, take delivery of all printed Permanent Voter Cards PVCs for the Anambra election on October 15. “We want to start distributing at least 30 days before the elections so that anybody who has registered can get his or her card to the polls”, he promised.

On the issue of under-age voters in past elections, the INEC boss said the commission discovered that most of the so-called underage voters were actually standing in the queues for their aged parents or pregnant mothers.

Osun, Ekiti Guber Polls Timetable Out Thursday

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would on Thursday release the timetable for Osun and Ekiti gubernatorial elections coming up in 2018.
The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Abuja.
Yakubu said that INEC had started preparations for the elections in the two states.
“The end-of-tenure governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states will be conducted next year.
“In keeping with the commission’s tradition of giving all stakeholders ample time to prepare, the timetable and schedule of activities for the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections will be released on Thursday,” Yakubu said.
He added that INEC would on Saturday conduct bye-election in Eti-Osa state constituency in Lagos state.
“Only yesterday, we received the official declaration of vacancy by the Honourable Speaker House of Representatives for the Kware/Wamakko Federal Constituency in Sokoto state.
“The timetable and schedule of activities for the election would be released on Tuesday.”
Yakubu said that as part of the preparation for 2019 general elections, which remained 505 days, the commission would continue to explore ways by which all processes associated with Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were improved upon.
He said that so far 2,786,405 citizens have registered in ongoing CVR exercise of which 1,619,513 representing 58 per cent were males while 1,166,892 (42 per cent) were females.
“In addition, 108,752 unclaimed permanent voters’ cards were collected.
“The commission has also recorded 132,431 requests for transfer from original places of registration to new locations.
“We also received 261,429 requests for replacement of PVCs that were damaged, defaced or wrong entries of personal and other details.

INEC Releases Timetable For 2019 Presidential, National Assembly Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmood has released the date for the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly Election in Nigeria.

Mahmood revealed that February 16th, 2019 would be for both the President and National Assembly Election during a meeting with members of the Commission and all Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC), at the INEC Headquarters’ Conference Hall, Abuja on Thursday.

“Above all the 2019 #NigeriaDecidesGeneral Elections is exactly 505 days away from today.

“The Gov. State Assembly and Federal Capital Territory(FCT) Area Council elections are fixed
for Saturday 2nd March 2019.

“As part of our preparations for the elections, we shall discuss the on-going Continuous Voter
Registration (CVR) exercise.

“As you are aware, the foundation of a free and fair election rest on credible Voter Register.

“So far, 2,786,405 citizens have registered in the ongoing exercise out of which 1,619,513 (58%) are Male while 1,166,892 (42%) are female.

“The Presidential and National Assembly elections have been fixed for Saturday 16th February 2019.

INEC Shortlists 37 Political Parties For Anambra Governorship Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the names of 37 registered political parties contesting for this year’s governorship election in Anambra state.

The polls will be held November 18.

INEC, on Wednesday, also released the names of the governorship candidates and their deputies.

The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, in a chat with newsmen, said the exercise was in line with what is required of the commission by the law.

Orji also appealed to the various political parties in the state. to campaign peacefully to help the commission deliver on its mandate of free, fair and credible election.

Among the political parties and their candidates published are the All progressives Grand alliance (APGA) Chief Willie Obiano and Dr. Nkem Okeke, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr. Tony Okechukwu Nwoye and Mr. Dozie Ikedife Arinze, and the People Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Oseloka Henry Obaze and Mr. Chidi A. Onyemelukwe.

INEC Dumps Recall Notice At Melaye’s Office Entrance

A new twist has been added to Senator Dino Melaye’s recall process as officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday stormed the National Assembly Complex with recall documents to notify the embattled lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District.

The officials, who dropped loads of documents at the door to Melaye’s office, waited while the lawmaker was in the Senate chamber.

It was observed that the Melaye’s office was under lock and key, while his aides were not around to receive the notice.

Melaye had on Monday said the 90-day deadline set for INEC by Section 69 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) has expired.

Melaye also alleged that it was only after several attempts at his life had failed that “they” resorted to this sham process of recall.

“I celebrate the obituary of the ‘Made in Taiwan’ recall exercise, while sympathising with the induced petitioners, who will obviously face charges of forgery and other criminal charges before a court of law very, very soon.”

The lawmaker said this at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.

Source: Punch Newspaper

Osun 2018: We’ll Sue INEC, CP, APC and PDP If….  – HDP

The Osun State Chapter of Hope Democratic Party (HDP) has threatened to sue Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC if it fails to sanction political parties that are campaigning when the commission is yet to release timetable for the election.

This was contained in a press release signed and made available to OSUN DEFENDER by the party’s Chairman, Mr. Wole Adedoyin in Ilesa on Saturday.

According to Adedoyin, “this is a clear case of absolute disregard for the rule of law and violation of the electoral act as APC and PDP had embarked on early campaign to woo voters in the forthcoming 2018 election of which INEC has not even picked any date.

“Pasting of campaign posters on the streets and character assassination through social media by those seeking political offices and their supporters in both political parties are persuasive proof of starting political campaigns for 2018 gubernatorial election in the state which is against the electoral act. The two political parties have started casting aspersions on each other. We are amazed that INEC (the electoral umpire) and Osun State Police Command (security agent) did not say or do anything to curb or stop the violence.

We view all these as inequitable, undemocratic, aberrant and trampling on the provisions of the Electoral Act and worse still, provoking the people to cause crisis ahead of the 2018 gubernatorial election in the state.

We are hereby calling on the Osun state Commissioner of Police, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and all relevant security agencies to stop both parties and their henchmen from continuing with their campaign of calumny as it is a threat to the existing peace being enjoyed by the citizens of the State.

The untimely campaign by the two parties are obviously a threat to the peace and security in the State; therefore, we enjoin the police and other security agencies to put a stop to these ill-timed voters drive and waste of tax payers’ money.

If APC and PDP campaigns are not stopped now, we foresee a situation where other political parties would capitalize on the inability of Osun state branch of INEC, police and other security agencies to stop them to commence campaigns when the time is not ripe.

Melaye’s Recall: INEC Releases New Timetable

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will conduct a verification for the recall of Sen. Dino Melaye, on Oct. 14.

Melaye is representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly.

The commission disclosed this in its amended timetable and schedule of activities issued by its Secretary, Mrs Augusta Ogakwu, in Abuja on Monday.

Ogakwu said the verification would take place in all polling units in Kogi West, while INEC notification for the exercise would be released on Oct. 3.

She said that INEC had fixed Oct. 5 as the last day for the submission of applications by observers, and Oct. 9 for the publication of the list of accredited observers for the exercise.

The secretary said that the commission would hold its stakeholders’ meeting at the Senatorial District headquarters and Local Government headquarters on Oct 10.

The last day for the submission of names of polling agents for the verification by the member sought to be recalled and the representatives of the petitioners had also been scheduled for Oct. 12.

The commission said that it had provided Melaye with relevant materials to study.

“”In fixing the timetable for the verification, sufficient time has been provided for the senator to study the petition and accompanying materials to effectively prepare for the verification in accordance with the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja.’’

The court had on Aug. 11 ordered the commission to continue with the suspended recall process.

The commission had on July 3, issued the timetable and schedule of activities for the recall of the senator but was forced to suspend the process on July 13, by a court order.

The court had directed all parties listed in the suit by Melaye to maintain the status quo pending the determination of the motion on notice.

Melaye had applied for an order restraining INEC from acting on the petition by registered voters of Kogi West Senatorial District for his recall.

INEC Releases Timetable For Dino Malaye’s Recall

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released a new timetable for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye.

Melaye is representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly.

The first timetable released by INEC, based on the request to recall Melaye by his constituents, became invalid when a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered all parties to the issue to maintain status quo.

However, the Federal High Court last week told INEC to continue with the process.

According to the new timetable, contained in a statement by the Secretary of INEC, Augusta C. Ogakwu, the recall process will commence on October 3 with the Notice of Verification.

The last day for the submission by observers has been fixed for October 5, while the publication of list of accredited observers is for October 9.

The conduct of verification will take place on October 14 in all polling units in Kogi West Senatorial District.