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Politics: Anambra guber: Oseloka Obaze defeats Ubah, others, emerges PDP candidate

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has elected a diplomat and former Secretary to Anambra State Government, SSG, Mr Oseloka Obaze as its candidate for the Anambra governorship election which comes up November 18.

Obaze was announced elected by the Governor Dave Umahi who conducted the election with his Awka Ibom Counterpart, Emmanuel Udom.

He polled 672 votes to beat the duo of Dr Alex Obiogbolu and Mr Ifeanyi Ubah who scored 190 and 94 votes respectively. Two votes were declared invalid.

Of the seven aspirants running on the party’s platform, four had pulled out of the race.

While Prof Ufodike announced his withdrawal without reason, pledging to support any of the aspirants that emerged, Prince John Emeka, a former minister had hours before the election withdrawn from the race, citing alterations in the delegates list of the party as reason for his action.

Two women who were also in the race, Senator Stella Oduah, a serving senator and former Aviation minister and Hon Linda Ikpeazu, a serving member of the House of representatives, backed down.


Obaze’s election came after over two weeks of high power politicking, characterised by intrigues among top politicians in the state, including former governor of the state, Mr Peter Obi, who is believed to have an anointed aspirant among the seven that contested for the ticket of the party.



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Politics: Fashola Shuns Lagos LG Poll

Politics: Fashola Shuns Lagos LG Poll


Former Governor of Lagos State and Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Babatunde Fashola did not vote on Saturday at Lagos’ Local Government election held across the state.


The former governor was conspicuously missing at Ward G3, Unit 002, State Senior Grammer School, Itolo, where he normally vote.

People are worried that the former governor did not show up to mobilise his constituency to vote massively for the All Progressives Congress, APC, as he normally did when he was in power.

Some APC stalwarts feel that the former governor ought to have led by example by showing up in Lagos to cast his vote as other top leadership of the party did.

Even the National leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was believed to have travelled out came back to cast his vote at his Polling Unit 047, Sunday Adigun Street, Alausa, Ikeja, while Governor Akinwunmi Ambode also voted at his polling unit in Epe.

Octogenarian and first Civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande despite his constraints came out to vote at the council election, braving the heavy downpour.

Party faithful are of the view that as a minister representing Lagos State at the Federal Level and also representing Lagos at the Federal Executive Council, FEC, the former governor’s absence at his polling unit was inexcusable, while questioning his love for the state.

It would be recalled that Fashola did not show up at any of the event organised by the Ambode administration to celebrate Lagos State at 50, an event that attracted all past governors of the state still alive, other serving governors from other states and even Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Efforts to reach Hakeem Bello, spokesperson to the minister to know why his boss did not come to Lagos to vote proved abortive as several calls made to his phone were not picked.


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Politics: Lagos LG Polls : APC Chairmanship candidate, declared winner in Oshodi/Isolo LGA

Politics: Lagos LG Polls : APC Chairmanship candidate, declared winner in Oshodi/Isolo LGA


The Chairmanship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Bolaji Muse-Ariyo, has emerged the winner of the chairmanship election in Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area in Saturday election.



Ariyo polled a total of 8, 429 votes to defeat his closest contender from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Adeola Williams who scored 3928 votes.

The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission ( LASIEC) Returning Officer, Mr Abari Ajibola declared Ariyo the winner of the election having scored the highest number of votes.

Ajibola said, ”As the returning officer of this election, I have the mandate to declare the result of the election and the winner as returned.

“By the virtue of the power conferred on me, I, Abari Jamiu Ajibola certified that I was the local government Returning Officer for the election held on July 22, 2017 for Oshodi/Isolo Local Government.

“The election was contested and won.

“The candidate of APC, Mr Muse Ariyo Bolaji Idris received the total votes of 8,429 followed by Mr Adeola Saheed Williams of the PDP who scored 3, 928 while the third on the list, is Mr Kazeem Lanre Aregbe of the LP who scored 896.

“That, Mr Muse Ariyo Bolaji Idris of APC is hereby declared the winner of the Chairmanship election of Oshodi/Isolo Local Government.”

In his reaction , Mr Oloyinde Moruf, the Party Agent of the Labour Party (LP) expressed satisfaction with the polls and congratulated the winner.

The APC Party Agent, Mr Adewale Adelana, said that the outcome of the election reflected the decision of the people of Oshodi/Isolo on who to lead them.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that party agents of the APC and LP signed the result sheet after declaration while the agent of the PDP was nowhere to be found.

The collation centre – LASIEC Office in the council Secretariat – was peaceful as security men were on ground to secure electoral officers and materials.

Collation is still ongoing in some other council areas for the chairmanship and Councillorship polls held on Saturday across the 20 LGAs and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the state. (NAN)


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Politics: Results of Lagos LG Polls: APC in cruise control

Politics: Results of Lagos LG Polls: APC in cruise control


Early returns from yesterday’s local government elections showed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was having an easy ride in all parts of the state.

At press time, the party’s candidates had won the chairman position in Lagos Island LG, Badagry West LCDA, Epe LG, Eredo LCDA, Onigbongbo LCDA; Lagos Island East LCDA; Ikorodu LG, Ikorodu West LCDA; Badagry LG; and Ejigbo LCDA

Below are details of the results:


Badagry West LCDA

APC : 5300 votes . PDP : 935 votes.

Ikorodu West LCDA

3068 votes

PDP: 555 votes.


Agboyi-Ketu LCDA

APC 10,701 votes

PDP1,759 votes.


Lagos Island
Adetoyese Olusi (APC) 14,692

Yisa Ismail (PDP) 925

Kasumu Olanrewaju (LP) 1211

Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA
Atanda Lawal (APC) 7120

Samuel Akinwole (PDP) 756

Mohammed Jubril (LP) 542

Eredo LCDA
Rasal Saliu (APC) 10910

Kunle Ayantuga 737

Epe LG
Dayo Adesanya (APC) 21441

Omobibi (LP) 948

Lagos Island East
Kamal Olawale (APC) 9060

Adebayo Temitope (PDP) 1128

Onigbongbo LCDA
Hakeem Olayemi (Accord Party ) 842

Oke Babatunde (APC) 1631

Badagry West LCDA

Bello Joseph (APC) 5332

Setonji Ojugbele (PDP) 935

Ejigbo LCDA
Bello Oloyede (APC)4876

Akinlude (PDP) 179

Ikeja LG
Alabi Balogun (APC) 6191

Olowolagba Omolara (PDP) 990

Badagry LG
APC 3990

PDP1281

Accord 1597

Ojokoro
Ward-A

Chairman

APC: 1,351

PDP: 156

Councillor

APC: 1,351

PDP: 156

Ojokoro Ward-B
Chairman

APC: 912

PDP: 169

ACCORD: 103

Councillor

APC: 880

PDP: 172

ACCORD: 150

Ojokoro Ward-C
Chairman

APC: 1,786

PDP: 178

LP: 085

ACCORD: 11

Councillor

APC: 1,757

PDP: 196

LP: 070

ACCORD: 13

Ojokoro Ward-D
Chairman

APC: 1,380

PDP: 133

Councillor

APC: 1,432

PDP: 151

Ojokoro Ward-E
Chairman

APC: 2,080

PDP: 333

Councillor

APC: 2,060

PDP: 040

Ojokoro Ward-F

Chairman

APC: 1,233

PDP: 119

Councillor

APC: 1,205

PDP: 129

Ojokoro Ward-G
Chairman

APC: 978

PDP: 152

LP: 082

AA: 04

Councillor

APC: 981

PDP: 130

LP: 088

AA: 05



An early morning downpour and voter’s apathy yesterday had hampered the commencement of the election at 8am as proposed in the 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Developments Areas (LCDAs).

It was an anti climax to months of painstaking preparation by the Justice Ayotunde Phillips (retired)-led State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).

The rain and the attendant flood in parts of the state prevented electoral officials from reaching their duty posts on time.

Thus, accreditation and voting which were supposed to commence at 8am began much beyond the scheduled time and only when the rain subsided.

Besides, many registered voters chose to stay indoors.

Only a few bothered to go out and vote except in areas where opposition parties tried to have a foothold.

They include Mushin, Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Ojo, Coker Aguda, Itire-Ikate, Agboyi-Ketu, and some parts of Ikorodu.

Youths turned the roads to temporary football ‘pitches’.

Some party officials attributed the low turnout to inadequate electoral awareness by the LASIEC.

But Justice Philips dismissed any such suggestion, saying adequate publicity was carried out.

She admitted that these was delay in the commencement of the elections in some areas, which said was caused by rain.

She told reporters at Old Yaba Road while monitoring some polling units the area that the rain affected the movement of electoral materials.

She said all eligible voters would be allowed to exercise their right as there were enough materials.

“We are addressing the situation and we are assuring that everybody in the affected areas will vote once people have been accredited and are on the queue, they will be allowed to vote even after 3pm,” she said.

She expressed satisfaction with the peaceful conduct in most areas.

Phillips said there were a few cases of violence but said security agents had quelled the situation.

Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain Segun Adewale blamed LASIEC for ‘disappointing’ Lagosians.

He said the late arrival of voting materials discouraged some people from voting after waiting for hours at the polling station for voting materials to come.

He also accused supporters of the ruling APC of harassing people.

“People were harassed by members of the ruling APC, my own sister was beaten up and people could not vote before the end of the exercise,” he claimed.

Kebbi State House of Assembly Deputy Speaker Buhari Ailero, who led Election Observers from other states, hailed the peaceful conduct of the poll.

Ailero confirmed that the election materials were distributed on time to the polling units.

He urged political parties to do more in mobilizing voters in subsequent elections.

Twelve parties – Accord Party (AP); Action Alliance (AA); Alliance for Democracy ( AD ); All Progressives Congress ( APC ); Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ); Labour Party ( LP ); All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA ); United Democratic Party (UDP); United Progressive Party (UPP); Kowa Party ( KP ); National Action Council ( NAC ); and Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).


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Politics: #LagosLGpolls: APC in landslide victory in Governor Ambode’s polling unit

Politics: #LagosLGpolls: APC in landslide victory in Governor Ambode’s polling unit


The All Progressive Congress (APC) has won both the Chairmanship and Councillorship elections in Ward A6 polling Unit 033 located in Ogunmodede College, Papa Epe where the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode voted this morning.


At the end of counting of the votes cast, the results showed that the APC polled a total of 299 votes for the Chairmanship election as against one polled by the Labour Party and zero vote polled respectively by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and Accord Party.

For the Councillorship election in the unit, the APC polled a total of 293 votes as against One polled by Labour Party and zero polled by PDP.

In the second polling unit in the ward, APC polled 298 votes for the Chairmanship election as against zero vote polled by the PDP and Labour. Also in the councillorship election, APC polled 300 votes while the PDP, Labour and Accord Party all polled zero vote.


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Politics: LG election: Police arrest five fake party agents

Politics: LG election: Police arrest five fake party agents

The Lagos State Police Command said five fake party agents have been arrested.

It, however, did not state where the arrest was made and the identities of the suspects.



It was learnt that the suspects were apprehended by policemen attached to the Area F command.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole confirmed the arrest.

“But I am yet to get details of the suspects. They are in our custody,” he added.


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N23 Billion Diezani bribe: INEC writes Buhari over RECs indicted by EFCC

N23 Billion Diezani bribe: INEC writes Buhari over RECs indicted by EFCC


The Independent National Electoral Commission has written to the Presidency over the indictment of some Resident Electoral Commissioners for alleged corruption by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr. Solomon Soyebi, told newmen on the telephone on Monday that the commission decided to write the Presidency about the indictment of the RECs because it had little control over them.



According to him, the commission cannot do anything about the cases involving about four RECs because they were appointed by the President.

Soyebi did not, however, mention the names of the RECs indicted by the anti-graft agency for their alleged role in the distribution of N23bn, which allegedly emanated from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, during the build-up to the 2015 elections.

Funds were traced to about 202 INEC officials including the RECs.

Soyebi, who is also the INEC National Commissioner in charge of the South-West, said it would be appropriate to get the status of the cases involving the affected RECs from the EFCC which investigated them.

He said, “Honestly, it is the EFCC that can answer that. They (the RECs) were appointed by the President; we didn’t appoint them. So there is little control we can have over them.

“What we did was to write to the Presidency to notify it of a particular number of RECs that the EFCC told us they had cases against.

“About three or four RECs are involved, but I am not too sure. I don’t know their names off- hand.”

He added that the cases involving the 202 officials of the commission, who were indicted for allegedly receiving part of the N23bn bribe, were still being investigated and reviewed by the commission.

“The statement we gave on them last week is still the same about their status, that investigation is still ongoing,” he added

The EFCC had, in October last year, submitted a report to INEC regarding the over 200 electoral officials who allegedly received part of the $115m (N23bn) allegedly disbursed by Diezani.

The report was said to have contained the outcome of investigations and recommendations.

Some of the officials returned over N300m while houses were recovered from some of them.

EFCC sources said two houses and two plazas had been recovered from the REC in Rivers State during the 2015 elections, Gesila Khan, while her accounts had been frozen.

According to impeccable sources at the EFCC, Khan received N185.8m ahead of the March 28 and April 11, 2015 elections.

Another REC in Abia State, Sylvester Ezeani, allegedly received N20m but is said to have returned the money to the EFCC.

The source also revealed that the EFCC had arrested one Fidelia Omoile, who was the INEC electoral officer in the Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Apart from tracing over N112.4m to Omoile, the commission also recovered some sensitive electoral materials during a search on her apartments in Edo and Delta states.

The commission also arrested one Oluchi Brown, who was the INEC Administrative Secretary in Delta State. She allegedly received over N111.5m.

Further investigations by detectives revealed that Brown had about $75,000 in an account in the United States.

The anti-graft agency also arrested one Edem Effanga, a retired INEC official. Effanga was arrested alongside his alleged accomplice, Immaculata Asuquo, who is the Head, Voter Education of INEC in Akwa Ibom State.

Effanga was alleged to have received over N241.1m which he shared among INEC ad hoc workers during the last elections.

Also in Gombe State, 11 electoral officers, who supervised elections in the state during the 2015 general elections, admitted to receiving N120m out of the N23bn.

Some other officials indicted were Godwin Maiyaki, Gambo Balanga, Bukar Benisheik, Dukku, Jibril Muhammed, Billiri, Dunguma Dogona, Funakaye, Mohammed Wanka, Kaltungo, Ishaku Yusuf, Kwami, Suleiman Isawa, Babagana Malami, Shongom and Nuhu Samuel.

Attempts to speak with the spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, on Monday, proved abortive as his mobile indicated that it was switched off.

However, a reliable source in the EFCC said the commission had done its job and it was waiting for a response from INEC.

“As you know, we have submitted our report to INEC and the electoral body has its internal mechanism for dealing with errant officials.

“Once INEC has concluded its investigation and given us its report, we will take action,” the source said.




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