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See the Photos - Reason I stood behind Chief MKO Abiola on this day in 1993 - Omoyele Sowore

See the Photos - Reason I stood behind Chief MKO Abiola on this day in 1993 - Omoyele Sowore



The National Chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore has revealed the real Reasons he stood behind Chief MKO Abiola on this day in 1993.


Sowore who is the Publisher of an online news media Sahara Reporters contested for the highest position in the land against the incumbent Nigeria's President Major General Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.


Here are the revelations he made today 29th August 2021 on why he was standing behind the winner of the June 12th 1993 presidential election, Late MKO Abiola: 


The real story: Inside his expansive living room on Toyin Street in Ikeja, we were ushered into a gathering of politicians holding a “strategy session” to ask MKO Abiola to tone down his challenge against General Ibrahim Babangida and his military cohorts after they annulled Nigeria’s freest election held on June 12 1993. I was obviously the “poorest” person in the room on that fateful day (I had on bathroom slippers). 



It was my first time meeting  Chief Abiola in person but he recognised me and said “oh Student leader, welcome to our meeting what should we do now as my friends have annulled the People’s mandate.?


 I quickly took the opportunity to lambast the politicians seated. I told Chief Abiola his real enemies are right there in the room with him and that they just busy collecting his money but not fighting forbthe restoration of his mandate. Chief Abiola was uncomfortable and tried changing the topic by  praising my organising efforts in fighting for the restoration of his June 12 mandate. He quickly dragged a massive bag containing cash and proceeded to give our team N800k saying it was a token for our “transportation.”


 I politely rejected the cash haul telling him, jocularly, that first we didn’t come to visit him in a jumbo jet so the issue of a jumbo transportation fund won’t arise, in fact I doubt that the SUG bus we took there was worth N300k in those days,  I was firm im telling him our struggle wasn’t for his sake and that our fight was not for him but the future of Nigeria. 


The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) did not even believe in Babangida’s transition program but our position regarding democratic rule though was sacrosanct hence our position on the criminal annulment of the June 12 elections. 


Having done my little damage to the greedy politicians in Abiola’s living room (don’t forget so many of them were clutching to cash hauls collected from Abiola right there) our team decided to leave but something rare happened, Chief Anthony Enahoro who was also in attendance angrily got up and told Chief Abiola he too was leaving that he shared the position of the students, in a split second  Abiola stood up and decided he would escort us to our bus, a decision that left his guests bewildered. 


When we got outside, ChannelsTV  owner, John Momoh and one of his reporters, Kingsley Uranta were outside waiting for an interview. Abiola asked that I hang around and hear what he wants to say snd I said, “that’s good Chief,  if you’re now ready to fight I will stand behind you!”



The National Chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore has revealed the real Reasons he stood behind Chief MKO Abiola on this day in 1993.


Sowore who is the Publisher of an online news media Sahara Reporters contested for the highest position in the land against the incumbent Nigeria's President Major General Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.


Here are the revelations he made today 29th August 2021 on why he was standing behind the winner of the June 12th 1993 presidential election, Late MKO Abiola: 


The real story: Inside his expansive living room on Toyin Street in Ikeja, we were ushered into a gathering of politicians holding a “strategy session” to ask MKO Abiola to tone down his challenge against General Ibrahim Babangida and his military cohorts after they annulled Nigeria’s freest election held on June 12 1993. I was obviously the “poorest” person in the room on that fateful day (I had on bathroom slippers). 



It was my first time meeting  Chief Abiola in person but he recognised me and said “oh Student leader, welcome to our meeting what should we do now as my friends have annulled the People’s mandate.?


 I quickly took the opportunity to lambast the politicians seated. I told Chief Abiola his real enemies are right there in the room with him and that they just busy collecting his money but not fighting forbthe restoration of his mandate. Chief Abiola was uncomfortable and tried changing the topic by  praising my organising efforts in fighting for the restoration of his June 12 mandate. He quickly dragged a massive bag containing cash and proceeded to give our team N800k saying it was a token for our “transportation.”


 I politely rejected the cash haul telling him, jocularly, that first we didn’t come to visit him in a jumbo jet so the issue of a jumbo transportation fund won’t arise, in fact I doubt that the SUG bus we took there was worth N300k in those days,  I was firm im telling him our struggle wasn’t for his sake and that our fight was not for him but the future of Nigeria. 


The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) did not even believe in Babangida’s transition program but our position regarding democratic rule though was sacrosanct hence our position on the criminal annulment of the June 12 elections. 


Having done my little damage to the greedy politicians in Abiola’s living room (don’t forget so many of them were clutching to cash hauls collected from Abiola right there) our team decided to leave but something rare happened, Chief Anthony Enahoro who was also in attendance angrily got up and told Chief Abiola he too was leaving that he shared the position of the students, in a split second  Abiola stood up and decided he would escort us to our bus, a decision that left his guests bewildered. 


When we got outside, ChannelsTV  owner, John Momoh and one of his reporters, Kingsley Uranta were outside waiting for an interview. Abiola asked that I hang around and hear what he wants to say snd I said, “that’s good Chief,  if you’re now ready to fight I will stand behind you!”

Bawa Engages Bank Chiefs, Warns against Fraudulent Election Financing, Forex Malpractices

Bawa Engages Bank Chiefs, Warns against Fraudulent Election Financing, Forex Malpractices


The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has sought greater collaboration with financial institutions in the country as a way of tackling fraudulent election financing, foreign exchange malpractices and money laundering.

Speaking on Thursday, August 19, 2021 during an interactive session with managing directors of banks in Nigeria at the Conference Hall of the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC, he said it was important to bring the financial institutions in the country up to speed with the evolving policies in the Commission, in line with the United Nations’ categorization of the fight against corruption vis-à-vis prevention, enforcement and assets recovery.


According to him, “At the EFCC, we want to place more emphasis on prevention.

“We want to lay less emphasis on enforcement, which is investigation and prosecution and put our energy more on prevention and asset recovery.

“In addition, some of the issues we have identified include foreign exchange malpractices and fraudulent election financing.

“As you all know, in 16 to 18 months, Nigeria will be preparing for another round of elections, and the government will not want what happened in the past to repeat itself”.

The EFCC boss said it had become necessary to put bankers on their toes, particularly as the 2023 general elections approached.

Bawa

Bawa, who also stressed that the "new EFCC" under his leadership believes that the financial institutions have an important role to play in the Commission’s efforts to rid Nigeria of economic and financial crimes, also used the occasion to charge the bankers to comply with the guidelines of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on the issuance of Personal Travel Allowance, PTA and Business Travel Allowance, BTA, to their customers.

"You need to ensure full compliance with regard to knowing your customers and ensuring that you do not give opportunities for foreign exchange malpractices”.

Bawa, who disagreed with the allegation of a cat-and-mouse relationship between the Commission and financial institutions in the country, further stated that "Moving forward, come September 1, anything that we see that is happening or has happened within your industry, we are going to deal with it by the books.

“The Commission will ensure that any banker complicit in any such financial fraud will face the full wrath of the law.

“It is better to have fewer banks complying with the laws of the land than to have multiple banks not complying with the laws.”


In his remarks, Kennedy Uzoka, Group Chief Executive Officer of United Bank for Africa, UBA, described the engagement as "a very unique gathering”, adding that “the new leadership of the EFCC is seeing things from a new prism.

"We see a very positive and engaging relationship ensuing between us and the EFCC; and this has been a warm and intelligent engagement with the EFCC.”

Also speaking, Ifie Sekibo, Managing Director of Heritage Bank, assured the EFCC of continuous support in its fight against corruption and also called for a regular engagement with bankers.

Ebenezer Onyeagwu, Managing Director, Zenith Bank Plc, also pledged support for the EFCC war against corruption, noting that "it is a collaborative effort."

By EFCC Staff

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has sought greater collaboration with financial institutions in the country as a way of tackling fraudulent election financing, foreign exchange malpractices and money laundering.

Speaking on Thursday, August 19, 2021 during an interactive session with managing directors of banks in Nigeria at the Conference Hall of the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC, he said it was important to bring the financial institutions in the country up to speed with the evolving policies in the Commission, in line with the United Nations’ categorization of the fight against corruption vis-à-vis prevention, enforcement and assets recovery.


According to him, “At the EFCC, we want to place more emphasis on prevention.

“We want to lay less emphasis on enforcement, which is investigation and prosecution and put our energy more on prevention and asset recovery.

“In addition, some of the issues we have identified include foreign exchange malpractices and fraudulent election financing.

“As you all know, in 16 to 18 months, Nigeria will be preparing for another round of elections, and the government will not want what happened in the past to repeat itself”.

The EFCC boss said it had become necessary to put bankers on their toes, particularly as the 2023 general elections approached.

Bawa

Bawa, who also stressed that the "new EFCC" under his leadership believes that the financial institutions have an important role to play in the Commission’s efforts to rid Nigeria of economic and financial crimes, also used the occasion to charge the bankers to comply with the guidelines of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on the issuance of Personal Travel Allowance, PTA and Business Travel Allowance, BTA, to their customers.

"You need to ensure full compliance with regard to knowing your customers and ensuring that you do not give opportunities for foreign exchange malpractices”.

Bawa, who disagreed with the allegation of a cat-and-mouse relationship between the Commission and financial institutions in the country, further stated that "Moving forward, come September 1, anything that we see that is happening or has happened within your industry, we are going to deal with it by the books.

“The Commission will ensure that any banker complicit in any such financial fraud will face the full wrath of the law.

“It is better to have fewer banks complying with the laws of the land than to have multiple banks not complying with the laws.”


In his remarks, Kennedy Uzoka, Group Chief Executive Officer of United Bank for Africa, UBA, described the engagement as "a very unique gathering”, adding that “the new leadership of the EFCC is seeing things from a new prism.

"We see a very positive and engaging relationship ensuing between us and the EFCC; and this has been a warm and intelligent engagement with the EFCC.”

Also speaking, Ifie Sekibo, Managing Director of Heritage Bank, assured the EFCC of continuous support in its fight against corruption and also called for a regular engagement with bankers.

Ebenezer Onyeagwu, Managing Director, Zenith Bank Plc, also pledged support for the EFCC war against corruption, noting that "it is a collaborative effort."

By EFCC Staff

LAGOS LOCAL GOVT ELECTIONS: AAC heading to court as the part, 11 others disenfranchised by LASIEC

LAGOS LOCAL GOVT ELECTIONS: AAC heading to court as the part, 11 others disenfranchised by LASIEC


The Lagos chapter of the African Action Congress (AAC) and 11 other Political Parties have been disenfranchised by the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) from participating in the Ongoing Local Government Elections in the State.


The party in a statement signed by the state chairman Kunle Ajayi and secretary Towolawi Jamiu said it is approaching a court for such arbitrary exclusion from the poll.


"Our party (AAC) has already commenced legal actions against both the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against this ugly and unfortunate incident that have denied Lagosians a golden opportunity to change the old order that have been embedded with corruption, poor health care, poor education, youths unemployment, rising prices of goods and services, lack of infrastructure, insecurity  and multi dimensional poverty which have been the trademark of the All Progressives Congress (APC) regime since 1999."



READ THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:



AFRICAN ACTION CONGRESS (AAC) LAGOS CHAPTER


*STATEMENT* *AS THE* *LAGOS* *LOCAL GOVERNMENT* *ELECTIONS* *HOLDS* *TODAY* *24TH JULY 2021* 


The leadership of the African Action Congress (AAC) Lagos Chapter wish to inform all our members and supporters that the AAC alongside 11 other political parties have been disfranchised illegally from participating in today's Local Government Elections by the partisan and highly corrupt Lagos State Electoral Commission (LASIEC).


In aftermath of this, Our party (AAC) has already commenced legal actions against both the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against this ugly and unfortunate incident that have denied Lagosians a golden opportunity to change the old order that have been embedded with corruption, poor health care, poor education, youths unemployment, rising prices of goods and services, lack of infrastructure, insecurity  and multi dimensional poverty which have been the trademark of the All Progressives Congress (APC) regime since 1999. 


We also want to use this opportunity to urge all our members to stay clear all polling units and boycott the entire elections which has already been rigged in favour of the highly corrupt and anti people ruling All Past Criminals (APC).  


However, We must really commend all our members, candidates, supporters and well wishers that have really worked tirelessly in the past two years to make sure we take Lagos back from the hands of vampires and give power back to the people. 


Lastly, we must continue to mobilise Nigerians from every nook and corner in order to build more formidable forces that will eventually bring down the entire system that only works for the few ruling class and their cronies and replace it with a system that works for ALL (Oppressed).


A people united and determined can never be defeated. 


Signed: 


Kunle Ajayi (Wiseman)

Chairman,

Lagos AAC. 


Towolawi Jamiu (Jharmo)

Secretary,

Lagos AAC.


The Lagos chapter of the African Action Congress (AAC) and 11 other Political Parties have been disenfranchised by the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) from participating in the Ongoing Local Government Elections in the State.


The party in a statement signed by the state chairman Kunle Ajayi and secretary Towolawi Jamiu said it is approaching a court for such arbitrary exclusion from the poll.


"Our party (AAC) has already commenced legal actions against both the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against this ugly and unfortunate incident that have denied Lagosians a golden opportunity to change the old order that have been embedded with corruption, poor health care, poor education, youths unemployment, rising prices of goods and services, lack of infrastructure, insecurity  and multi dimensional poverty which have been the trademark of the All Progressives Congress (APC) regime since 1999."



READ THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:



AFRICAN ACTION CONGRESS (AAC) LAGOS CHAPTER


*STATEMENT* *AS THE* *LAGOS* *LOCAL GOVERNMENT* *ELECTIONS* *HOLDS* *TODAY* *24TH JULY 2021* 


The leadership of the African Action Congress (AAC) Lagos Chapter wish to inform all our members and supporters that the AAC alongside 11 other political parties have been disfranchised illegally from participating in today's Local Government Elections by the partisan and highly corrupt Lagos State Electoral Commission (LASIEC).


In aftermath of this, Our party (AAC) has already commenced legal actions against both the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against this ugly and unfortunate incident that have denied Lagosians a golden opportunity to change the old order that have been embedded with corruption, poor health care, poor education, youths unemployment, rising prices of goods and services, lack of infrastructure, insecurity  and multi dimensional poverty which have been the trademark of the All Progressives Congress (APC) regime since 1999. 


We also want to use this opportunity to urge all our members to stay clear all polling units and boycott the entire elections which has already been rigged in favour of the highly corrupt and anti people ruling All Past Criminals (APC).  


However, We must really commend all our members, candidates, supporters and well wishers that have really worked tirelessly in the past two years to make sure we take Lagos back from the hands of vampires and give power back to the people. 


Lastly, we must continue to mobilise Nigerians from every nook and corner in order to build more formidable forces that will eventually bring down the entire system that only works for the few ruling class and their cronies and replace it with a system that works for ALL (Oppressed).


A people united and determined can never be defeated. 


Signed: 


Kunle Ajayi (Wiseman)

Chairman,

Lagos AAC. 


Towolawi Jamiu (Jharmo)

Secretary,

Lagos AAC.

Ekiti, Osun Elections to hold next year, says INEC Chair in a remarks

Ekiti, Osun Elections to hold next year, says INEC Chair in a remarks

 REMARKS BY HONOURABLE CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC), PROF. MAHMOOD YAKUBU, AT A MEETING WITH THE RESIDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSIONERS (RECs) HELD AT THE INEC CONFERENCE ROOM, ABUJA, ON WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE 2021

 

National Commissioners

Resident Electoral Commissioners

The Secretary to the Commission

Directors and other Senior Officials of the Commission

Members of the INEC Press Corps

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

1.​ It is my pleasure to welcome you all to our second meeting in less than one month, the last being the emergency session held on Wednesday 19th May 2021 in the wake of the attacks on our facilities nationwide. You may recall that at the last meeting, we resolved to reconvene in a regular session on the outcome of the expansion of voter access to Pulling Units in relation to our preparations for the resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

 

2.​ You may also recall that the Commission addressed a press conference on the CVR two months ago on 1st April 2021. In announcing Monday 28th June 2021 as the date for the resumption of the exercise, the Commission informed Nigerians that it needed some time to conclude work on the expansion of voter access to Polling Units by converting the Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements to full-fledged Polling Units. We also promised that details of the new Polling Units would be made available to Nigerians ahead of the resumption of the CVR exercise. By doing so, fresh registrants and those seeking transfer will know the new Polling Units. This will enable them to choose their preferred voting locations on Election Day.

 

3.​ As you are aware, the history of creating and expanding Polling Units in Nigeria has been long and complex. Their adequacy and accessibility in terms of number and location across the country were some of the challenges that had to be addressed in the interest of credible elections. Before 2010, the Commission operated on a round figure of approximately 120,000 Polling Units. However, a census undertaken by the Commission before the 2011 General Election arrived at the precise figure of 119,973 Polling Units. The Commission also made efforts to relocate many Polling Units from inappropriate places such as private residences and properties, palaces of traditional rulers and places of worship to public buildings accessible to voters, polling agents, observers and the media during elections.

 

4.​ Following several unsuccessful attempts to create additional Polling Units despite the obvious pressure from increased number of registered voters, the Commission established Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements across the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as a pragmatic response to necessity. The voting points were tied to the existing Polling Units and Voting Point Settlements. The number of registered voters in a Polling Unit and the Voting Point Settlement in the FCT, was used to determine their Voting Points, based on the upper and lower thresholds of 500 and 750 voters respectively. These were also the limits used for the 2019 General Election. The number of new Polling Units in a State is the number of Voting Points aggregated from those Polling Units having Voting Points. Furthermore, it was discovered that one Polling Unit in Lagos State had been wrongly categorized as a Voting Point and the error was corrected. With this adjustment, the actual number of approved Polling Units came to 119,974. As a result, the Commission arrived at the exact figure of 56,563 Voting Points in addition to 309 Voting Point Settlements in the FCT, making a total of 56,872 Voting Points.

 

5.​  After wide ranging consultations with stakeholders and fieldwork by our officials, the 56,872 Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements were converted and added to the existing 119,974 Polling Units. Consequently, the Commission is glad to report that 25 years since the current Polling Units were created in 1996, the hard nut is finally and successfully cracked after several unsuccessful attempts. Nigeria now has 176,846 full-fledged Polling Units.

 

6.​ Similarly, after consultation with stakeholders, the Commission has successfully removed 749 Polling Units from inappropriate locations to appropriate public facilities or open spaces in line with our policy to guarantee unencumbered access to Polling Units for all voters. Of this figure, 232 were removed from private properties, 145 royal palaces, 6 Mosques, 21 Churches and 9 Shrines. The remaining 336 Polling Units were relocated for various reasons which include distance, difficult terrain, congestion, communal conflict, new settlements and general insecurity.

 

7.​  However, in view of the advanced preparations already made by the Commission, four pending bye-elections in Kaduna, Jigawa and Plateau States will be the last to be conducted using a combination of Polling Units and Voting Points. Two of these elections in Sabon Gari State Constituency in Kaduna State and Gwaram Federal Constituency in Jigawa State are holding this weekend while the Commission awaits the formal declaration of vacancies by the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives in respect of Lere Federal Constituency of Kaduna State and Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency of Plateau State. For subsequent elections, beginning from the Anambra State Governorship election holding on 6th November 2021, there will be no Voting Points any more in Nigeria.

 

8.​ The new approved Polling Units for each State of the Federation and FCT will be presented to the public in 37 volumes at this meeting. Meanwhile, the entire report has already been uploaded on the INEC website (www.inecnigeria.org). Infographics of the distribution of the new Polling Units on State-by-State basis and the FCT have also been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.

 

9.​ The Resident Electoral Commissioners and staff of the Commission nationwide spared no effort to ensure the success of the exercise. Above all, this historic accomplishment would not have been possible without the support and understanding of all Nigerians. On behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission, I would like to express our profound appreciation to the leadership of political parties, civil society organizations, the media, security agencies, religious leaders, socio-cultural associations, the labour unions, professional bodies, persons with disabilities, women and youth groups, students’ unions, the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the State Governors under the auspices of the National Economic Council (NEC) and the National Assembly. We also acknowledge the invaluable support of the development partners for facilitating some of the stakeholder engagements and the publication of advocacy documents.

 

10.​ Looking to the near future, the Commission is preparing to conduct the remaining off-season end of tenure elections ahead of the 2023 General Election. Already, activities listed in the timetable for the Anambra State Governorship election are being implemented. So too are those of the FCT Area Council election holding on 12th February 2022.

 

11.​ In the sequence of off-season elections, the Ekiti and Osun State Governorship elections are holding next year. In keeping with our policy of announcing the dates of elections in advance to enable early and effective preparations by all concerned, the Commission has approved that the Ekiti State Governorship election will hold on Saturday 18th June 2022 while the Osun State Governorship election will hold one month later on Saturday 16th July 2022. The detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the two elections have been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms. We implore political parties and aspirants to ensure rancour-free primaries and thereafter conduct peaceful electioneering campaigns.

 

12.​ Once again, I welcome our Resident Electoral Commissioners to this crucial meeting. May God continue to bless our efforts.

 REMARKS BY HONOURABLE CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC), PROF. MAHMOOD YAKUBU, AT A MEETING WITH THE RESIDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSIONERS (RECs) HELD AT THE INEC CONFERENCE ROOM, ABUJA, ON WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE 2021

 

National Commissioners

Resident Electoral Commissioners

The Secretary to the Commission

Directors and other Senior Officials of the Commission

Members of the INEC Press Corps

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

1.​ It is my pleasure to welcome you all to our second meeting in less than one month, the last being the emergency session held on Wednesday 19th May 2021 in the wake of the attacks on our facilities nationwide. You may recall that at the last meeting, we resolved to reconvene in a regular session on the outcome of the expansion of voter access to Pulling Units in relation to our preparations for the resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

 

2.​ You may also recall that the Commission addressed a press conference on the CVR two months ago on 1st April 2021. In announcing Monday 28th June 2021 as the date for the resumption of the exercise, the Commission informed Nigerians that it needed some time to conclude work on the expansion of voter access to Polling Units by converting the Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements to full-fledged Polling Units. We also promised that details of the new Polling Units would be made available to Nigerians ahead of the resumption of the CVR exercise. By doing so, fresh registrants and those seeking transfer will know the new Polling Units. This will enable them to choose their preferred voting locations on Election Day.

 

3.​ As you are aware, the history of creating and expanding Polling Units in Nigeria has been long and complex. Their adequacy and accessibility in terms of number and location across the country were some of the challenges that had to be addressed in the interest of credible elections. Before 2010, the Commission operated on a round figure of approximately 120,000 Polling Units. However, a census undertaken by the Commission before the 2011 General Election arrived at the precise figure of 119,973 Polling Units. The Commission also made efforts to relocate many Polling Units from inappropriate places such as private residences and properties, palaces of traditional rulers and places of worship to public buildings accessible to voters, polling agents, observers and the media during elections.

 

4.​ Following several unsuccessful attempts to create additional Polling Units despite the obvious pressure from increased number of registered voters, the Commission established Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements across the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as a pragmatic response to necessity. The voting points were tied to the existing Polling Units and Voting Point Settlements. The number of registered voters in a Polling Unit and the Voting Point Settlement in the FCT, was used to determine their Voting Points, based on the upper and lower thresholds of 500 and 750 voters respectively. These were also the limits used for the 2019 General Election. The number of new Polling Units in a State is the number of Voting Points aggregated from those Polling Units having Voting Points. Furthermore, it was discovered that one Polling Unit in Lagos State had been wrongly categorized as a Voting Point and the error was corrected. With this adjustment, the actual number of approved Polling Units came to 119,974. As a result, the Commission arrived at the exact figure of 56,563 Voting Points in addition to 309 Voting Point Settlements in the FCT, making a total of 56,872 Voting Points.

 

5.​  After wide ranging consultations with stakeholders and fieldwork by our officials, the 56,872 Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements were converted and added to the existing 119,974 Polling Units. Consequently, the Commission is glad to report that 25 years since the current Polling Units were created in 1996, the hard nut is finally and successfully cracked after several unsuccessful attempts. Nigeria now has 176,846 full-fledged Polling Units.

 

6.​ Similarly, after consultation with stakeholders, the Commission has successfully removed 749 Polling Units from inappropriate locations to appropriate public facilities or open spaces in line with our policy to guarantee unencumbered access to Polling Units for all voters. Of this figure, 232 were removed from private properties, 145 royal palaces, 6 Mosques, 21 Churches and 9 Shrines. The remaining 336 Polling Units were relocated for various reasons which include distance, difficult terrain, congestion, communal conflict, new settlements and general insecurity.

 

7.​  However, in view of the advanced preparations already made by the Commission, four pending bye-elections in Kaduna, Jigawa and Plateau States will be the last to be conducted using a combination of Polling Units and Voting Points. Two of these elections in Sabon Gari State Constituency in Kaduna State and Gwaram Federal Constituency in Jigawa State are holding this weekend while the Commission awaits the formal declaration of vacancies by the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives in respect of Lere Federal Constituency of Kaduna State and Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency of Plateau State. For subsequent elections, beginning from the Anambra State Governorship election holding on 6th November 2021, there will be no Voting Points any more in Nigeria.

 

8.​ The new approved Polling Units for each State of the Federation and FCT will be presented to the public in 37 volumes at this meeting. Meanwhile, the entire report has already been uploaded on the INEC website (www.inecnigeria.org). Infographics of the distribution of the new Polling Units on State-by-State basis and the FCT have also been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.

 

9.​ The Resident Electoral Commissioners and staff of the Commission nationwide spared no effort to ensure the success of the exercise. Above all, this historic accomplishment would not have been possible without the support and understanding of all Nigerians. On behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission, I would like to express our profound appreciation to the leadership of political parties, civil society organizations, the media, security agencies, religious leaders, socio-cultural associations, the labour unions, professional bodies, persons with disabilities, women and youth groups, students’ unions, the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the State Governors under the auspices of the National Economic Council (NEC) and the National Assembly. We also acknowledge the invaluable support of the development partners for facilitating some of the stakeholder engagements and the publication of advocacy documents.

 

10.​ Looking to the near future, the Commission is preparing to conduct the remaining off-season end of tenure elections ahead of the 2023 General Election. Already, activities listed in the timetable for the Anambra State Governorship election are being implemented. So too are those of the FCT Area Council election holding on 12th February 2022.

 

11.​ In the sequence of off-season elections, the Ekiti and Osun State Governorship elections are holding next year. In keeping with our policy of announcing the dates of elections in advance to enable early and effective preparations by all concerned, the Commission has approved that the Ekiti State Governorship election will hold on Saturday 18th June 2022 while the Osun State Governorship election will hold one month later on Saturday 16th July 2022. The detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the two elections have been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms. We implore political parties and aspirants to ensure rancour-free primaries and thereafter conduct peaceful electioneering campaigns.

 

12.​ Once again, I welcome our Resident Electoral Commissioners to this crucial meeting. May God continue to bless our efforts.

PRESS RELEASE: Oyo Govt Declares Friday Public Holiday for Hitch Free Local government Election

PRESS RELEASE: Oyo Govt Declares Friday Public Holiday for Hitch Free Local government Election

The Government of Oyo State has announced Friday, May 21, 2021, as public holiday.

A statement by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor 'Seyi Makinde, confirmed that the governor approved the holiday to enable the state conduct a hitch free local government election holding on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

The statement urged every resident of Oyo State to go about their duties peacefully, while coming out en masse to their respective voting areas and participate in the election.

The statement read: "His Excellency, Governor 'Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, has authorised the declaration of Friday, May 21, 2021, as public holiday.

"The declaration of the holiday is to enable residents of the state participate freely in the council elections billed to hold on Saturday May 22, 2021.

"Every indigene and resident of the state is hereby enjoined to go about his or her  business peacefully, while trooping out en masse to their respective voting areas and perform the civic responsibility on  Saturday."


Signed 

Taiwo Adisa 

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde 

May 20, 2021.

The Government of Oyo State has announced Friday, May 21, 2021, as public holiday.

A statement by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor 'Seyi Makinde, confirmed that the governor approved the holiday to enable the state conduct a hitch free local government election holding on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

The statement urged every resident of Oyo State to go about their duties peacefully, while coming out en masse to their respective voting areas and participate in the election.

The statement read: "His Excellency, Governor 'Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, has authorised the declaration of Friday, May 21, 2021, as public holiday.

"The declaration of the holiday is to enable residents of the state participate freely in the council elections billed to hold on Saturday May 22, 2021.

"Every indigene and resident of the state is hereby enjoined to go about his or her  business peacefully, while trooping out en masse to their respective voting areas and perform the civic responsibility on  Saturday."


Signed 

Taiwo Adisa 

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde 

May 20, 2021.

How Nigeria's Electoral body INEC, it's Lawyer Emeka Ozoani Forged Documents To Push Out Omoyele Sowore As @AACparty Chairman

How Nigeria's Electoral body INEC, it's Lawyer Emeka Ozoani Forged Documents To Push Out Omoyele Sowore As @AACparty Chairman

Sowore

The Nigeria's Electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) and one of its lawyers, Emeka Ozoani forged different court documents to get a judgement against African Action Congress (AAC) presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Omoyele Sowore, SaharaReporters reported on Monday.

Omoyele Sowore had said ahead of the #OCCUPYINEC which was organised on Monday by the party members and leaders nationwide that the Electoral umpire has been completely compromised. It was and still working as an appendage of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and People's Democratic Party depending on the highest bidder.


A Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja had in 2019 removed Sowore as the National Chairman of the AAC. The high court judge, Inyang Ekwo also validated the removal of Malcolm Fabiyi as the Deputy National Chairman of the party.



According to the report by SaharaReporters, lawyy Ozoani known in some quarters for doing dirty jobs for INEC, packaged a fake litigant to obtain the judgement for one Hon Bago. “He forged documents used to get a fraudulent judgment from Justice Ekwo against Omoyele Sowore of the AAC.


"The same Ozoani was rewarded with SAN (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) while he was litigating to take away AAC from Sowore. INEC has now become a ridiculous umpire in the conduct of elections. INEC chairman, commissioners have all become tools in the hands of Buhari and his party, All Progressives Congress,” an INEC staff member familiar with the case told SaharaReporters.


The report also revealed that Ozoani is currently enmeshed in another scandal after being exposed by some deregistered political parties for using fake court records in pursuing an appeal for INEC at the Supreme Court.



According to another Online news portal PREMIUM TIMES, the fake court records surfaced in the appeal filed by INEC at the Supreme Court to challenge the August 10, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, ordering the relisting of 23 political parties earlier deregistered by the electoral body.


The rules require an intending appellant to file a notice of appeal and compile the records of the lower court and have them transmitted to the higher court within three months of the delivery of the judgment to be challenged.


INEC had filed a notice of appeal against the August 10, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal, but the records it claimed to have compiled and transmitted to the Supreme Court to set the stage for the hearing of its case by the apex court, have been exposed by the respondents to be fraudulent.


From the court documents seen by the newspaper, INEC, which admitted that an impostor truly signed its transmitted records, is now scrambling to be granted an extension of time to compile and transmit fresh records from the Court of Appeal to the apex court.


Not pleased with the Appeal Court’s ruling, the electoral body filed a notice of appeal in the Supreme Court, challenging the verdict.


But curious about the records transmitted by INEC in pursuing the appeal, the law firm of the legal icon, Afe Babalola, which is defending one of the respondents, the Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), had written to the Court of Appeal authorities on December 10, 2020, alleging that an impostor of the court official signed the records purportedly transmitted by the electoral body.


The Court of Appeal, in a letter dated December 21, 2020, confirmed that Hassan Binta, who signed the record of appeal transmitted by INEC, was not known to the court.


“The record of appeal and the supplementary record of appeal were not compiled and transmitted by the registry of this court.


“The Registrar in the person of Hassan Binta, who is said to have signed the record of Appeal and the Supplementary record is not a staff (member) of this court,” the Head, Litigation Department of the Court of Appeal, Sehriffat Adebayo, stated in the December 21, 2020 reply to the letter by Mr Babalola’s law firm.


Following the Court of Appeal’s confirmation, the law firm, through one of its lawyers, Funmilayo Longe, sent a letter dated January 14, 2021, to the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, expressing shock about the development and demanding an investigation.


A copy of the letter entitled ‘Request For Clarification On The Transmission of Records of Appeal’.


It reads, in part, “To our chagrin, the Court of Appeal vide their letter December 21, 2020 informed us that even though the notice of appeal was filed in the registry of the Court of Appeal, the record of appeal was not compiled and transmitted by the lower court’s registry and the registrar in the person of Hassan Binta, who signed the records of appeal is not a staff (member) of the Court of Appeal. (A copy of the aforementioned letter written by the Court of Appeal is herewith attached).


“In the light of the above facts, we hereby request that investigation be carried out regarding the transmission of records in this appeal.”


INEC has however admitted that a court official’s impostor signed its record of appeal but failed to offer any explanation about how it happened.


The electoral body is now scrambling to be allowed to compile a fresh record of appeal.


It filed an application before the Supreme Court on January 25, 2021, seeking leave and an extension of time to compile and transmit the fresh records.


The commission, in an affidavit filed in support of the application, stated that it sought to compile and transmit fresh record after it was only informed of the fraud in the previous records by Babalola’s law firm.



Sources: Sahara Reporters & Premium Times

Sowore

The Nigeria's Electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) and one of its lawyers, Emeka Ozoani forged different court documents to get a judgement against African Action Congress (AAC) presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Omoyele Sowore, SaharaReporters reported on Monday.

Omoyele Sowore had said ahead of the #OCCUPYINEC which was organised on Monday by the party members and leaders nationwide that the Electoral umpire has been completely compromised. It was and still working as an appendage of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and People's Democratic Party depending on the highest bidder.


A Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja had in 2019 removed Sowore as the National Chairman of the AAC. The high court judge, Inyang Ekwo also validated the removal of Malcolm Fabiyi as the Deputy National Chairman of the party.



According to the report by SaharaReporters, lawyy Ozoani known in some quarters for doing dirty jobs for INEC, packaged a fake litigant to obtain the judgement for one Hon Bago. “He forged documents used to get a fraudulent judgment from Justice Ekwo against Omoyele Sowore of the AAC.


"The same Ozoani was rewarded with SAN (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) while he was litigating to take away AAC from Sowore. INEC has now become a ridiculous umpire in the conduct of elections. INEC chairman, commissioners have all become tools in the hands of Buhari and his party, All Progressives Congress,” an INEC staff member familiar with the case told SaharaReporters.


The report also revealed that Ozoani is currently enmeshed in another scandal after being exposed by some deregistered political parties for using fake court records in pursuing an appeal for INEC at the Supreme Court.



According to another Online news portal PREMIUM TIMES, the fake court records surfaced in the appeal filed by INEC at the Supreme Court to challenge the August 10, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, ordering the relisting of 23 political parties earlier deregistered by the electoral body.


The rules require an intending appellant to file a notice of appeal and compile the records of the lower court and have them transmitted to the higher court within three months of the delivery of the judgment to be challenged.


INEC had filed a notice of appeal against the August 10, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal, but the records it claimed to have compiled and transmitted to the Supreme Court to set the stage for the hearing of its case by the apex court, have been exposed by the respondents to be fraudulent.


From the court documents seen by the newspaper, INEC, which admitted that an impostor truly signed its transmitted records, is now scrambling to be granted an extension of time to compile and transmit fresh records from the Court of Appeal to the apex court.


Not pleased with the Appeal Court’s ruling, the electoral body filed a notice of appeal in the Supreme Court, challenging the verdict.


But curious about the records transmitted by INEC in pursuing the appeal, the law firm of the legal icon, Afe Babalola, which is defending one of the respondents, the Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), had written to the Court of Appeal authorities on December 10, 2020, alleging that an impostor of the court official signed the records purportedly transmitted by the electoral body.


The Court of Appeal, in a letter dated December 21, 2020, confirmed that Hassan Binta, who signed the record of appeal transmitted by INEC, was not known to the court.


“The record of appeal and the supplementary record of appeal were not compiled and transmitted by the registry of this court.


“The Registrar in the person of Hassan Binta, who is said to have signed the record of Appeal and the Supplementary record is not a staff (member) of this court,” the Head, Litigation Department of the Court of Appeal, Sehriffat Adebayo, stated in the December 21, 2020 reply to the letter by Mr Babalola’s law firm.


Following the Court of Appeal’s confirmation, the law firm, through one of its lawyers, Funmilayo Longe, sent a letter dated January 14, 2021, to the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, expressing shock about the development and demanding an investigation.


A copy of the letter entitled ‘Request For Clarification On The Transmission of Records of Appeal’.


It reads, in part, “To our chagrin, the Court of Appeal vide their letter December 21, 2020 informed us that even though the notice of appeal was filed in the registry of the Court of Appeal, the record of appeal was not compiled and transmitted by the lower court’s registry and the registrar in the person of Hassan Binta, who signed the records of appeal is not a staff (member) of the Court of Appeal. (A copy of the aforementioned letter written by the Court of Appeal is herewith attached).


“In the light of the above facts, we hereby request that investigation be carried out regarding the transmission of records in this appeal.”


INEC has however admitted that a court official’s impostor signed its record of appeal but failed to offer any explanation about how it happened.


The electoral body is now scrambling to be allowed to compile a fresh record of appeal.


It filed an application before the Supreme Court on January 25, 2021, seeking leave and an extension of time to compile and transmit the fresh records.


The commission, in an affidavit filed in support of the application, stated that it sought to compile and transmit fresh record after it was only informed of the fraud in the previous records by Babalola’s law firm.



Sources: Sahara Reporters & Premium Times

PHOTOS: AAC #OCCUPYINEC NATIONWIDE, SAYS @YELESOWORE REMAIN THE NATIONAL CHAIR

PHOTOS: AAC #OCCUPYINEC NATIONWIDE, SAYS @YELESOWORE REMAIN THE NATIONAL CHAIR


The Africa Action Congress on Monday occupied the Offices of the Nigeria's  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) both in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and their offices in the 36 states if the federation over what the party tagged as the Commission's sabotage roles in hijacking the part for an impostor called Leonard Ezenwa who has been working for both the Ruling APC and opposition PDP depending on the highest bidder.


INEC has been playing collaborative roles in removing the chairmen at the state levels of the part for the sponsored impostor who has factionalized the party immediately after the 2019 general election where the incumbent president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari was declared returned.


The #OCCUPYINEC protests have been reported to be visible in Abuja where the headquarters of the commission is located and many other states including Lagos, Oyo and  Osun, Kano, Benue, Edo, Delta among others.


The party under the leadership of Omoyele Sowore said the INEC is currently and completely compromised and can not conduct any free fair and credible elections.


The party delivered letters in all the INEC offices visited including Media houses as well As the human rights Offices.


AAC  members and Executives in FCT and 36 states reaffirmed @YeleSowore as the only recognized National Chairman of AAC while warning INEC against pertisanship and imposition of one Leonard Nzenwa on the party.


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The Africa Action Congress on Monday occupied the Offices of the Nigeria's  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) both in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and their offices in the 36 states if the federation over what the party tagged as the Commission's sabotage roles in hijacking the part for an impostor called Leonard Ezenwa who has been working for both the Ruling APC and opposition PDP depending on the highest bidder.


INEC has been playing collaborative roles in removing the chairmen at the state levels of the part for the sponsored impostor who has factionalized the party immediately after the 2019 general election where the incumbent president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari was declared returned.


The #OCCUPYINEC protests have been reported to be visible in Abuja where the headquarters of the commission is located and many other states including Lagos, Oyo and  Osun, Kano, Benue, Edo, Delta among others.


The party under the leadership of Omoyele Sowore said the INEC is currently and completely compromised and can not conduct any free fair and credible elections.


The party delivered letters in all the INEC offices visited including Media houses as well As the human rights Offices.


AAC  members and Executives in FCT and 36 states reaffirmed @YeleSowore as the only recognized National Chairman of AAC while warning INEC against pertisanship and imposition of one Leonard Nzenwa on the party.


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Omoyele Sowore: INEC Completely Compromised, it can't hold a free and Fair elections

Omoyele Sowore: INEC Completely Compromised, it can't hold a free and Fair elections



As African Action Congress (AAC) under the leadership of its last presidential candidate for the 2019 general election Omoyele Sowore has scheldued it to hold a protest against INEC on what the party called working for the highest bidder.

The protest tagged #OCCUPYINEC is to be stagged on Monday 15th March 2021 in Abuja and 36 states' INEC offices across the federation.

The party has alledged that the collusion of INEC with APC/PDP sponsored Leonard Ezemwa to disorganise the Revolutionary Party with the Electoral Body been used to removing the duely elected EXCOS both at the centre and state levels have been uncovered and will not stand.

The publisher of Sahara Reporter said Nigeria's so called Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is completely compromised and that the body can't hold a free and free elections.

The Activist said INEC has become an appendage of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) depending on the highest bidder. He called on Nigerians and AAC part members to occupy the the offices of the electoral body nationwide.


@YeleSowore said @inecnigeria is completely compromised it can't hold a free and fair elections it has become an appendage of @OfficialAPCNg and @OfficialPDPNig depending on the highest bidder #occupyinec #RevolutionNow #BuhariMustGo

The Major General Muhammadu Buhari led regime has proved it times without numbers to be a lawless government without regards for rule of laws, fundamental rights of the citizens so also are the agencies of the government under his watch. Maladministration and illegality are normal with a government that order the killing of the peaceful protesters but freely negotiate with bandites and terrorists.


As African Action Congress (AAC) under the leadership of its last presidential candidate for the 2019 general election Omoyele Sowore has scheldued it to hold a protest against INEC on what the party called working for the highest bidder.

The protest tagged #OCCUPYINEC is to be stagged on Monday 15th March 2021 in Abuja and 36 states' INEC offices across the federation.

The party has alledged that the collusion of INEC with APC/PDP sponsored Leonard Ezemwa to disorganise the Revolutionary Party with the Electoral Body been used to removing the duely elected EXCOS both at the centre and state levels have been uncovered and will not stand.

The publisher of Sahara Reporter said Nigeria's so called Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is completely compromised and that the body can't hold a free and free elections.

The Activist said INEC has become an appendage of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) depending on the highest bidder. He called on Nigerians and AAC part members to occupy the the offices of the electoral body nationwide.


@YeleSowore said @inecnigeria is completely compromised it can't hold a free and fair elections it has become an appendage of @OfficialAPCNg and @OfficialPDPNig depending on the highest bidder #occupyinec #RevolutionNow #BuhariMustGo

The Major General Muhammadu Buhari led regime has proved it times without numbers to be a lawless government without regards for rule of laws, fundamental rights of the citizens so also are the agencies of the government under his watch. Maladministration and illegality are normal with a government that order the killing of the peaceful protesters but freely negotiate with bandites and terrorists.

Latest : OYSIEC REALEASES NOTICE AND TIME TABLE OF 2021 ELECTIONS INTO THIRTY THREE (33) LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCILS IN OYO STATE ON SATURDAY, 15th MAY, 2021

Latest : OYSIEC REALEASES NOTICE AND TIME TABLE OF 2021 ELECTIONS INTO THIRTY THREE (33) LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCILS IN OYO STATE ON SATURDAY, 15th MAY, 2021


The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission has released the time table and guidelines for the conduct of the Local government elections in the state.

A statement signed by Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju SAN who is the Chairman of OYSIEC confirmed that the elections for chairmanship and councillorship in thirty three local government areas of the state will hold on 15th day of May 2021 between 8:30 to 3:00 pm of the said date.


Read the details below:


NOTICE AND TIME TABLE OF 2021 ELECTIONS INTO THIRTY THREE (33) LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCILS IN OYO STATE ON SATURDAY, 15th MAY, 2021 BETWEEN 8:00a.m. AND 3.00pm


             DATE & ACTIVITY


1. Monday, 15th February, 2021

(a) Publication of notice of Election

(b) Release of Election Time Table

(c) Release of Election Guidelines


2. Wednesday, 17th February -Friday, 14th May 2021

(a) Commencement of Political Activities


(b) Commencement and end of Campaigns by Political Parties

 


3. Monday, 22nd February - Wednesday, 10th March, 2021.


Conduct of Party Primaries by Political Parties and observation of Primaries by the Commission


4. Friday 12th March- Friday 19th March 2021 -

Display of Voters register

Collection of Personal Data Forms for candidates by Political Parties


5.vMonday 22nd March –Friday 26th March 2021

Submission of Personal Data Forms for candidates by Political Parties


 6. Saturday 27th March -6th April, 2021

Verification/Screening of Councillorship Candidates


7. Monday 5th April –Tuesday 6th April 2021

Verification/Screening of Chairmanship candidates


8. Wednesday, 7th April 2021

Delivery of list of qualified candidates to political political parties by OYSIEC


9. Friday 9th April –Sunday 11th April 2021

Appeals/Substitution of un-cleared candidates 


10. Wednesday, 14th –Friday 16th April 2021 

Screening of substituted candidates by OYSIEC


11. Tuesday 20th April - Friday 30th April 2021

Collection of Nomination Forms by all cleared candidates


12. Wednesday, 5th May – Thursday 6th May 2021 

Submission of nomination Forms by all Cleared candidates by political parties


13. Friday, 7th May 2021

Publication of names of qualified candidates


14. Monday 10th May –Friday 14th My 2021

a Submission of names and addresses of Parties’ agents to the Commission

b Publication of Notice of Polls


15. Friday, 14th May, 2021

End of Electioneering campaign (12 midnight)


16. Saturday, 15th May, 2021

ELECTION DAY (8:00 A.M – 3:00 P. M.)


17. Saturday, 22nd May, 2021

RUN OFF/RE-RUN ELECTION (IF ANY)


 

In conclusion, stakeholders are hereby enjoined to give their support and cooperation to the Commission so as to organize and conduct a free, fair, credible and transparent local government councils elections in Oyo State.


Dated 12th Day of February 2021


Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju SAN

Chairman

Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission

(OYSIEC), Ibadan


The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission has released the time table and guidelines for the conduct of the Local government elections in the state.

A statement signed by Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju SAN who is the Chairman of OYSIEC confirmed that the elections for chairmanship and councillorship in thirty three local government areas of the state will hold on 15th day of May 2021 between 8:30 to 3:00 pm of the said date.


Read the details below:


NOTICE AND TIME TABLE OF 2021 ELECTIONS INTO THIRTY THREE (33) LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCILS IN OYO STATE ON SATURDAY, 15th MAY, 2021 BETWEEN 8:00a.m. AND 3.00pm


             DATE & ACTIVITY


1. Monday, 15th February, 2021

(a) Publication of notice of Election

(b) Release of Election Time Table

(c) Release of Election Guidelines


2. Wednesday, 17th February -Friday, 14th May 2021

(a) Commencement of Political Activities


(b) Commencement and end of Campaigns by Political Parties

 


3. Monday, 22nd February - Wednesday, 10th March, 2021.


Conduct of Party Primaries by Political Parties and observation of Primaries by the Commission


4. Friday 12th March- Friday 19th March 2021 -

Display of Voters register

Collection of Personal Data Forms for candidates by Political Parties


5.vMonday 22nd March –Friday 26th March 2021

Submission of Personal Data Forms for candidates by Political Parties


 6. Saturday 27th March -6th April, 2021

Verification/Screening of Councillorship Candidates


7. Monday 5th April –Tuesday 6th April 2021

Verification/Screening of Chairmanship candidates


8. Wednesday, 7th April 2021

Delivery of list of qualified candidates to political political parties by OYSIEC


9. Friday 9th April –Sunday 11th April 2021

Appeals/Substitution of un-cleared candidates 


10. Wednesday, 14th –Friday 16th April 2021 

Screening of substituted candidates by OYSIEC


11. Tuesday 20th April - Friday 30th April 2021

Collection of Nomination Forms by all cleared candidates


12. Wednesday, 5th May – Thursday 6th May 2021 

Submission of nomination Forms by all Cleared candidates by political parties


13. Friday, 7th May 2021

Publication of names of qualified candidates


14. Monday 10th May –Friday 14th My 2021

a Submission of names and addresses of Parties’ agents to the Commission

b Publication of Notice of Polls


15. Friday, 14th May, 2021

End of Electioneering campaign (12 midnight)


16. Saturday, 15th May, 2021

ELECTION DAY (8:00 A.M – 3:00 P. M.)


17. Saturday, 22nd May, 2021

RUN OFF/RE-RUN ELECTION (IF ANY)


 

In conclusion, stakeholders are hereby enjoined to give their support and cooperation to the Commission so as to organize and conduct a free, fair, credible and transparent local government councils elections in Oyo State.


Dated 12th Day of February 2021


Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju SAN

Chairman

Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission

(OYSIEC), Ibadan

OMOYELE SOWORE: THE POLITICAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE MASSES

OMOYELE SOWORE: THE POLITICAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE MASSES

Your specially invited!!!

This is to specially invite you, your organization and members of the public to THE POLITICAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE MASSES, aimed at incubating ideas while we celebrate the 50th birth anniversary of one of the finest activists around- *Comrade Omoyele Sowore.*


This gathering of ideologues wouldn’t have come at a better than now, when there seem to be a haze of confusion in the polity and the masses need political direction out of the mess the ruling elite have dragged us into.  Come one. Come all. 


*Speakers.*


Femi Falana SAN 

Malachy Ugwummadu 

Adesina Ogunlana Esq

Gbenga Komolafe 

Abiodun Aremu 

Suraju Olanrewaju 

Joe Odumakin 

Inibehe Effiong 

Seun Kuti 

Eedris Abdulkareem

Wale Balogun 

Biola Akiode Esq. 

Ayo Ademiluyi Esq. and many others. 


See flier for event details. 

Solidarity! 




Your specially invited!!!

This is to specially invite you, your organization and members of the public to THE POLITICAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE MASSES, aimed at incubating ideas while we celebrate the 50th birth anniversary of one of the finest activists around- *Comrade Omoyele Sowore.*


This gathering of ideologues wouldn’t have come at a better than now, when there seem to be a haze of confusion in the polity and the masses need political direction out of the mess the ruling elite have dragged us into.  Come one. Come all. 


*Speakers.*


Femi Falana SAN 

Malachy Ugwummadu 

Adesina Ogunlana Esq

Gbenga Komolafe 

Abiodun Aremu 

Suraju Olanrewaju 

Joe Odumakin 

Inibehe Effiong 

Seun Kuti 

Eedris Abdulkareem

Wale Balogun 

Biola Akiode Esq. 

Ayo Ademiluyi Esq. and many others. 


See flier for event details. 

Solidarity! 




Nigeria: Makinde not ready to conduct elections into Local government, Forwards request to Assembly for Caretakers' tenure elongation

Nigeria: Makinde not ready to conduct elections into Local government, Forwards request to Assembly for Caretakers' tenure elongation


It is becoming more clearer than ever that the Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde is not ready to conduct elections into the local governmenta in the state in any moment now even despite the constitution of an electoral umpire for the purpose.


Makinde has requested for an extension of the tenure of the sixty-eight Local Government and Local Council Development Areas Caretaker Chairmen and their members, according to a request a letter forwarded to the Oyo State House of Assembly by the Governor.


The tenure of the Caretaker Chairmen whose appointments will expire on the 19th of December, 2020 are been requested for an elongation by the governor.


Makinde's letter wants the House of Assembly to approve the extension of tenure of the Caretaker Chairmen for another three months.


The letter read in part:


 " It is my wish that the House of Assembly gives this request accelerated hearing to avoid creating a vacuum in the governance of the Local Government Councils.


The Speaker Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin who read the plenary said the House will work inline with the report generated by its Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters.


Hon Ogundoyin assured that the request will be attended to by the House on Friday during its plenary.


The local government administration in Nigeria since the advent of this current democratic dispensation in 1999 has been practically ineffective as State Governors rendered useless and a channel to reward their good/loyal boys and not the people at the grassroots.


It is becoming more clearer than ever that the Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde is not ready to conduct elections into the local governmenta in the state in any moment now even despite the constitution of an electoral umpire for the purpose.


Makinde has requested for an extension of the tenure of the sixty-eight Local Government and Local Council Development Areas Caretaker Chairmen and their members, according to a request a letter forwarded to the Oyo State House of Assembly by the Governor.


The tenure of the Caretaker Chairmen whose appointments will expire on the 19th of December, 2020 are been requested for an elongation by the governor.


Makinde's letter wants the House of Assembly to approve the extension of tenure of the Caretaker Chairmen for another three months.


The letter read in part:


 " It is my wish that the House of Assembly gives this request accelerated hearing to avoid creating a vacuum in the governance of the Local Government Councils.


The Speaker Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin who read the plenary said the House will work inline with the report generated by its Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters.


Hon Ogundoyin assured that the request will be attended to by the House on Friday during its plenary.


The local government administration in Nigeria since the advent of this current democratic dispensation in 1999 has been practically ineffective as State Governors rendered useless and a channel to reward their good/loyal boys and not the people at the grassroots.

Republican Steve Daines wins reelection to the U.S. Senate from Montana - AP

Republican Steve Daines wins reelection to the U.S. Senate from Montana - AP

Joni Ernst wins reelection to the U.S. Senate from Iowa


Republican Steve Daines wins reelection to the U.S. Senate from Montana, turning back a challenge from Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock. According to AP Source.


Also Republican Joni Ernst wins reelection to the U.S. Senate from Iowa, boosting her party’s chances of retaining control of the Senate.


Joni Ernst wins reelection to the U.S. Senate from Iowa


Republican Steve Daines wins reelection to the U.S. Senate from Montana, turning back a challenge from Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock. According to AP Source.


Also Republican Joni Ernst wins reelection to the U.S. Senate from Iowa, boosting her party’s chances of retaining control of the Senate.


German Merkel Says She Will Meet Belarus Opposition Leader Soon

German Merkel Says She Will Meet Belarus Opposition Leader Soon

(AFP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday she would hold talks with Belarus's main opposition leader, days after French President Emmanuel Macron met with her and pledged to help mediate in her country's crisis.

"I will soon meet the opposition leader Ms (Svetlana) Tikhanovskaya," Merkel told parliament, hailing the "courage" of the women demonstrating since a disputed election last month in which the opposition has claimed victory against President Alexander Lukashenko.

Merkel, who holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, said Germany did not recognise Lukashenko as the winner of the vote and that she condemned the government's violence against protesters.

"When you see the courage shown by the women who are appearing on the streets for a free life without corruption, then I can only say: I admire that and find it truly impressive," she said.

Macron spoke with Tikhanovskaya this week on a visit to Lithuania in her most high-profile meeting so far since the Belarus election.

"We will do our best as Europeans to help mediate and we will come back to OSCE mediation in order to progress," Macron said.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has offered to help broker a negotiated end to the crisis in Belarus.

Mass protests that have continued since the election have been met with a bloody crackdown and Tikhanovskaya's husband Sergei is in prison accused of trying to overthrow the government.
(AFP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday she would hold talks with Belarus's main opposition leader, days after French President Emmanuel Macron met with her and pledged to help mediate in her country's crisis.

"I will soon meet the opposition leader Ms (Svetlana) Tikhanovskaya," Merkel told parliament, hailing the "courage" of the women demonstrating since a disputed election last month in which the opposition has claimed victory against President Alexander Lukashenko.

Merkel, who holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, said Germany did not recognise Lukashenko as the winner of the vote and that she condemned the government's violence against protesters.

"When you see the courage shown by the women who are appearing on the streets for a free life without corruption, then I can only say: I admire that and find it truly impressive," she said.

Macron spoke with Tikhanovskaya this week on a visit to Lithuania in her most high-profile meeting so far since the Belarus election.

"We will do our best as Europeans to help mediate and we will come back to OSCE mediation in order to progress," Macron said.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has offered to help broker a negotiated end to the crisis in Belarus.

Mass protests that have continued since the election have been met with a bloody crackdown and Tikhanovskaya's husband Sergei is in prison accused of trying to overthrow the government.

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