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INEC sets date for supplementary elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed March 23 for supplementary elections to conclude the process and make a return in the governorship elections in states where polls were declared inconclusive.

The electoral body had declared governorship election in Adamawa, Sokoto, Benue, Bauchi, Kano, and Plateau states inconclusive.

A statement Tuesday by INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Festus Okoye, said, “the Commission will conduct supplementary elections on Saturday 23rd March 2019 to conclude the process.”

It noted that the elections were declared inconclusive by the returning officers in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto States.

“Consequently, the commission will conduct supplementary elections on Saturday 23rd March 2019, to conclude the process,” the statement promised.

INEC added that supplementary elections would also hold in polling units in all states where state Assembly elections were declared inconclusive and winners could not be declared.

“Details of the constituencies including a number of polling units and registered voters will be published on our website (today),” INEC assured.

It blamed the inconclusive election in the states on a combination of factors, which include the discontinuation of use of the smart card readers midway into the elections or the failure to deploy them, over-voting and widespread disruption in many polling units.

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Gbenga Daniel resigns from politics, says he will “take on some new challenges”

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A former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party.

Daniel, in his letter to the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, dated March 14, 2019, also announced his resignation from partisan politics.

He said the decision to quit partisan politics was personal to him.

Daniel was the Director-General of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organization before the former Vice President emerged as the presidential candidate of the PDP in the election conducted a few weeks ago.

“This is to inform you of my intention to resign from active and partisan politics with effect from today, the 14th day of March, 2019.

“My decision in this regard is entirely personal to me and having served in various capacities, including as Governor of Ogun State, I have resolved to immerse myself in some other vocations and take on some new challenges,” he said in the letter.

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Obasanjo urges people of Oyo state to support Makinde

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called on the people of Oyo State to cooperate with Mr Seyi Makinde, the governor elect of the state.

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A statement issued by Obasanjo’s Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, said that the former president made the call when the Oyo State governor-elect visited him in Abeokuta on Thursday.

According to Obasanjo, the love and votes of the people of Oyo State have ensured the emergence of Makinde, adding that their continued support was necessary to make him succeed as a governor.

“He cannot do it alone and since you have supported him before and during the elections, you need to continue to be together to make him successful,” Obasanjo was quoted as saying in the statement.

He urged Makinde to jettison the type of democracy that only targeted or benefited selfish interests of selected few.

“You have a onerous task ahead in improving the status of the capital of the old Western Region and you have to work to unite them all.

“You need to shun corruption, be transparent and embark on developmental projects which would be a delight to the people of Oyo State.

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Osinbajo rallies APC supporters for polls in Kano, others

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged All Progressives Congress (APC) members not to relax or take anything for granted ahead of the March 23 governorship election rerun in some states.

Osinbajo communicated this while addressing party faithful at the PMB/PYO Volunteers Appreciation Dinner at the State House Banquet Hall on Thursday in Abuja.

INEC has fixed March 23 for supplementary elections in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto states where governorship elections were declared inconclusive.

He thanked the volunteers for their commitment and trust, saying that with the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria was on course for greatness.

“I believe that with your support our country will continue to move forward; everything we want for our country will be done, and by the grace of God, every one of  the President’s projects will be done.

`Our economy will turn around and we will see prosperity in this great nation.

“Let me just say that we are still not done with elections.

“On March 23, we still have some outstanding states; as you know, there are rerun elections in about six states.

“ And we still need to put efforts in those six states. We cannot afford to slack up and say the job is done; we still have some things to be done,’’ he said.

Osinbajo expressed APC’s condolences to the families of those who lost their lives during the process, and asked for a minute silence in their honour.

He said that the campaign was about the Nigerian people whom he said were very trusting and supportive of their leaders without asking for much.

The vice president said  that the Buhari-led government had achieved much in four years in spite of earning less—a feat  which was achieved because of Mr President’s honesty and integrity.

Mr Ade Ipaye, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, said that Nigerians had demonstrated their confidence in the ability of Buhari and Osinbajo to pilot the nation.

He said that Nigerians not only voted but made sure that their votes counted.

Ipaye commended the President and vice president over their energetic campaign that saw them going round the country.

The deputy chief of staff also thanked God for securing the President,  vice president and the campaign team throughout the campaign.

Retired Brig-Gen.  Buba Marwa, Director,  Women and Youths, APC Campaign Team,  expressed appreciation to Osinbajo for arranging a platform to thank the volunteers.

He thanked God for protecting the vice president in the helicopter crash as he and the crew all came out unscathed.

Marwa said that Osinbajo exhibited uncommon commitment and courage by proceeding with his schedule shortly after the crash.

“Something told me we will be victorious after the vice president survived the crash.

“Why else should the vice president survive if not that God has prepared him for another four years.

“He continued with his campaign immediately after the crash; he deserves applause.

“We thank God for the president who was able to visit all the states; he went to each and every state.

“This is the first time we are seeing a vice president mingling with the downtrodden in the markets and everywhere.”

There were also goodwill messages from some other party functionaries.

The gathering was thrilled by a cultural troupe and comedians.

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APC dismantle two symbolic broom statue in Abuja

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The gigantic broom symbolising the All Progressives Congress (APC), constructed at the City Gate in Abuja, has been dismantled.

The construction of the broom project, which signifies the APC logo and was done with iron rods, came to limelight in February.

There was another giant broom constructed at the Unity Fountain, also in Abuja.

The project had been widely criticised at the time it was mounted, a few days to the general election.

However, on Friday, construction workers disassembled the projects at the two locations.

Many Nigerians had condemned the project as a waste of resources, especially as Nigeria is not a one-party nation.

The Federal Capital Territory Development Authority (FCDA) was also not left out of criticism for permitting the party to use the site for the erection of the statue.

At the time of this report, it could not be ascertained if the order to dismantle the project was given by the APC leadership or the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).

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