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If APC Is Voted Out In This Election, I Will Accept It – Tinubu |The Republican News

                                           Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has said that he would accept the result of the presidential election even if it did not go the way of the party.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Tinubu spoke with journalists after voting at Polling Unit 047, Ward 3, Ikeja at 11:20 a.m.

He said that the will of the electorate must be respected, adding that as a true democrat, free and fair elections must be protected.

Tinubu was, however, upbeat about his party’s chances of winning the elections.

“If my party is voted out in this election, I will accept it because it is the people’s verdict, that is their decision. Any democrat that cannot accept a result from a free and fair election is not worthy of that name.

“As a true democrat, you must be able to accept the results of a free and fair election.

“My hope and determination of my party are that we are winning this election because we have the support of the masses and if you look at our rallies, it is an indication of our party’s popularity.

“We are not talking about the elites or those that are rich, but the poor masses, farmers, traders, artisans and the common man who seek for continuity,” he said.

Tinubu, however, rated the conduct of the elections as successful so far, adding that though elections were expensive, yet it remained the best way of choosing leaders.

“The election has been successful so far, so good. It has demonstrated the resilience of the people and like the President has said; we have chosen the best way in a difficult way.

“Democracy is the toughest way of selecting a leader but the best system. With the resilience of the people and strong determination we are getting there,” Tinubu said.(NAN)

 

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Anger As Police Stop, Threaten Journalists Covering Peter Obi, Zoom Off With Vehicle Key

Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka

 

A team of police men in about four trucks at about 10am trailed accredited journalists covering the PDP Vice Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi’s voting, stopped and threatened to shoot them.

The policemen who acted in a commando style stopped the journalists who were in a hired mini bus, took away their car key leaving them stranded at Agulu near Awgbu junction.

The police team led by a Deputy Superintendent refused to listen to the journalists who showed them their identification both from INEC and their offices; they zoomed off, having said that they were under instruction.   (The Sun)

 

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JUST IN: Hoodlums Burn Ballot Papers, Cart Way With Ballot Boxes In Lagos |RN

Ismail Omipidan

 

Hoodlums, numbering about 30 were said to have carted away ballot boxes and voting materials in four polling units in Okota, Ago Palace Way area in Isolo council.

Although, they had left before our reporter got to the scenes, there were visible signs of destruction, including broken bottles and canopies as at the time of the visit.

At Nwanchukwu Drive of the area, eye witnesses said the hoodlums came in motor cycles and overpowered the unarmed police men deployed to the area.

They were said to have cause havoc in polling units 035, 036, 037 and 038. They were said to have led by a renowned ‘area boy’ in the vicinity, known simply as “Bullet.”

“Bullet is well known in this area. In 2015, he beat up voters here. This year too, he did the same. He said he knew we would not vote for them. This election has to be rescheduled because our votes must count,” one of the residents said.

Before our reporter left the area, some ballot boxes were said to have been recovered. A domestic observer who declined to give her name, confirmed the development.           (The Sun)

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DSS Leaking Opposition’s Phone Conversations To APC – CUPP |RN

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Olalekan Adetayo and Olusola Fabiyi

 

The Coalition of United Political Parties on Wednesday alleged that the Department of State Services is tapping telephone conversations between members of the opposition in the country.

He said the conversations, which were mainly the opposition’s strategies for the forthcoming general elections, were being made available to the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The coalition’s national spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, made the allegation in a statement made available to journalists.

He said, “We wish to express our shock and disappointment with the All Progressives Congress and unscrupulous security agencies who we discovered are tapping our leaders’ calls and leaking our electoral strategies.

“The opposition has uncovered the constant tapping of our calls and location marking by the APC, using the DSS.

“We are utterly disgusted at this shameless act. This administration has proved that nothing is sacred to them anymore.”

Ugochinyere, therefore, called on members of the opposition to abandon telephone conversations and adopt physical meetings or the Whatsapp platform.

But the DSS said there was no truth in the allegation.

It said  the debate on the issue was unnecessary and the agency was not in the habit of eavesdropping on private conversations.

The Public Relations Officer of the agency, Mr Peter Afunanya, said this in a statement issued on Wednesday.

He said, “The social media is awash with wrong information of sorts, regarding the agency whose operations and activities are highly misunderstood and misrepresented.

“It is obvious that some merchants of violence are determined to use their platforms to misinform the public for their selfish and political ends. In this regard, the service warns that those bent on entrenching this mischief should be aware of the consequences of their misleading actions.

“The DSS is a responsible organisation and thus, professionally adheres to the ideals of intelligence and security governance expected of it in a democracy. The public is, therefore, urged to disregard the claims of the political group.”   (Punch)

 

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Elections: FG Declares Friday Public Holiday, Excludes Bankers, Others |RN

                   Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.)

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja

 

The Federal Government has declared Friday, February 22, 2019, as a public holiday, in preparation for the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Bello Dambazau (retd), made the declaration in Abuja on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Interior in a statement on Wednesday night by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah, however, excluded bankers and those offering essential services across the nation.

It said, “The Federal Government declares Friday, February 22, 2019, as work-free day. Those providing essential duties and bankers are excluded.

“The work-free day is to enable citizens return to their polling units for the reschedule Presidential and National Assembly elections.”

“Security agencies have been directed to ensure safety of lives and property before, during and after the general election,” the statement added.    (Punch)

 

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Ballot Snatching: President Buhari Sanctions Extrajudicial Killing |RN

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Muhammadu Buhari

By Ike A. Offor, Editor

 

 

It has been a week of topsy-turvy political debates following the statement by President Buhari during his party, APC Caucus meeting after the election postponement by INEC.

The president trying to send a very strong statement to would-be political thugs whose intentions would be to snatch ballot boxes during the upcoming elections, gave out a very strong words that is creating euphoria in the polity. But it appears the statement is one perhaps too strong to have come from the president himself, who primary job is to protect lives and the constitution.

The president in the very statement that has created a lot of euphoria said that he has given order to the security agents to deal ruthlessly with anyone who snatches ballot box during the election.

In his own words:

“I really gave the military and police order to be ruthless. Anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch ballot boxes or disturbs the voting system, will do so at the expense of his own life”.

A lot of nerves have clearly been bruised by the INEC action of not agreeing to staggered elections, a process the opposition considered a plan by the ruling party to rig itself back into power.

Though, this accusation of staggered election, where INEC reportedly would conduct the election in 26 states, which are mainly the considered strong states of APC, leaving states considered strongholds of the opposition.

So many, speculations have been flying around to buttress this purported plans of the ruling party, APC. But many still remain meer speculations or conspiracy theory.

So, this frustration may have given rise to statement by the president ordering the security agents to shoot at sight any ballot box snatchers, whose intention is to influence the outcome of the election in any polling booth. Though this statement did not single out any specific political party, many sees it as a pretence to tell the security forces to kill the opposition and frame them as ballot snatchers. Other said that there are electoral laws and they should be the guiding light for electoral offenses and not extrajudicial killing.

Another argument is the legality of such dictatorial or sanctioning of extrajudicial killing. And for the fact that this statement is coming from the president made many furious. Many lawyers, senior advocate of the Nigeria, SAN, and others have totally condemned the order by Buhari that has no regard for the constitution of the country.

But one of the senior advocates of Nigeria, who is also the Spokesman for the Buhari Campaign Organisation Mr Festus Keyamo, has said that Buhari is right and within the ambit of the constitution. But fell short to telling the public whether death sentence is passed by the president or by the honourable court after due process.

Mr Festus Keyamo said that “ballot box snatching is armed robbery and its penalty is death by firing squad”. This has angered many lawyers and lawmakers like Senator Dino Melaye, who was in the television studio debate “The Verdict” against Festus Keyamo.

It was a heated debate where the lawmaker accused Keyamo of supporting extrajudicial killing despite the fact that he is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

Since making this statement there have been barrages of criticisms and a lot of arguments in support of the statement from Mr President. Some are supporting Buhari while many seem to go against it but obviousy the president is not withdrawing his words, which means that those found this may end up dead.

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DSS Withdraws The Invitation For INEC Commissioner In Charge Of Logistics, Others |RN

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The Department of State Security Services, DSS has withdrawn its invitation to the National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in charge of logistics, Okechukwu Ibeanu.

It was earlier reported that Ibeanu alongside Chidi Nwafor, the director of ICT; Ken Ukeagu, director of procurement; Osaze Uzzi, director of voter education and publicity; and Bimbo Oladunjoye, the assistant director of ICT were asked to report at DSS offices in Abuja by 2 pm on Tuesday.

It’s unclear why the agency would drop its decision but sources hinted that some prominent Nigerians intervened because of the “timing”.

This invitation was initially believed to be related to the fiasco that led to the postponement of the general election by one week.

Mahmood Yakubu, a professor and INEC chairman, had blamed the postponement on sabotage and logistical issues.  (Nairaland)

 

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