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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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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The Department of State Security Services, DSS has withdrawn its invitation to the National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in charge of logistics, Okechukwu Ibeanu.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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Presidential Poll: Atiku Will Win, Buhari Should Match Words With Action – Prophet Ayodele

WOLE BALOHUN, Ado Ekiti

 

Leader of the Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Ayodele, Elijah Babatunde, has urged President Mohammadu Buhari to ensure that he fulfills his pledge to deliver free, fair and credible poll to Nigerians.

He also warned Nigerians and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to guard their votes by “following APC bumper to fender if they want to win, otherwise, the ruling party will snatch their victory,” adding that Nigerians have actually decided to change the ruling party because there is too much suffering in the land.

Primate Ayodele in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti, also warned President Buhari to desist from forcing himself on the people, predicting that health wise, he might not complete a second tenure in government.

His words: “I see a change in government; if the election is free and fair, Atiku will win. If Buhari forces himself on Nigerians, he would not complete his tenure, health wise. APC will turn the poll against PDP and Nigerians will suffer for another four years if those who vote don’t guard their votes and ensure they count.

“The polls may remain inconclusive, but I advise the present government to accept defeat if they lose in an election that is free and fair. There will be peace after the polls.”

Speaking on the Valentine day’s celebration, the cleric preached love for humanity, and blasted government for not showing true love to the people.

“Even though I don’t believe in such things as Valentine Day represents, but as a cleric, my message is that government is supposed to love the masses but we don’t have such government in Nigeria; they are not sincere, they are corrupt; they don’t care about the plight of the people, about the welfare of the people

“I tell you, it is not Buhari or Atiku that can do it very well. Those who can do it very well are not allowed to emerge; but Atiku will do better than Buhari; but if the party is not careful, APC will rob them of their victory,” he said.

The cleric also hinted about the expansion of his church, saying: “In a few months’ time we are leaving this place to our new cathedral of 20,000 capacity.”    (The Sun)

 

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BREAKING: Presidency Behind The Postponement Of Elections – PDP |RN

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja
The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that the plan to postpone today’s Presidential and National Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission was hatched inside the Presidency.
It alleged that the idea actually came from the Presidency, but warned that President Muhammadu Buhari’s defeat was merely a few days away.
The main opposition party also said that the Presidency was allegedly still planning to put some unnamed impediments on the way of the Independent National Electoral Commission in order to make sure that the election would not hold in a single day.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr kola Ologbondiyan, stated these at an ongoing press briefing while reacting to the postponement of the election by the electoral body.    (Punch)
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IPOB: Election Boycott Call Off Forced INEC Into Late Polls Cancellation |RN

Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha

 

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has alleged that the late called-off of the election boycott declared by its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, forced the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Federal government to postpone the scheduled election.

Kanu, had on Thursday night called-off the boycott order he declared, calling on IPOB member and people of South East and parts of South-South zones to go out to cast their votes.

A statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, said that the late call-off of the election boycott forced INEC to postpone the election for one week because according to him, the move destabilised the planned rigging of the election by the ruling party.

He alleged that the postponement of the election was to give the electoral umpire time to strategise since the planned use of IPOB boycott to rig the election failed through the sudden suspension of the boycott.

Powerful said: “Events surrounding the postponement of the Nigerian presidential election previously scheduled for February 16, 2019, are a confirmation that IPOB’s decision to lift the boycott was a masterstroke that took the cabal by surprise.

“The move by IPOB apex leadership to call off the boycott made it virtually impossible for the APC administration to proceed to rig the elections on the account that IPOB would boycott the polls. It is now clear for the world to see that some nefarious elements within the corridors of power in Aso Rock wanted so desperately use IPOB to boycott these elections in order to justify their already perfected script that our boycott would have made it possible for them to emerge victorious.

“By calling off the boycott, Buhari and his cabal lost the initiative and were headed straight for defeat. Our leader, Kanu, is light years ahead of the intrigues and machinations that characterise politics in Nigeria. Had the leadership of our great movement, IPOB, not called off the boycott, the sham elections would have proceeded as rigged, with Buhari announced as the winner on account that IPOB boycotted the exercise.

“Anybody who is still in doubt about the potency of IPOB will undoubtedly have a rethink after this. Quite obviously, the IPOB boycott call off took the Nigerian corrupt establishment unawares. A simple statement from our leader has exposed voting in Nigeria as a huge joke. Let the riggers go back and plan how to rig well. What a country, what a contraption!

“In effect, our leader calling off the boycott was a huge shock they were unable to manage. Lt. Gen. Tukur Burarai’s threat and orchestrated army violence against peaceful IPOB in the run up to February 16 were all designed to maximise the impact of the intended boycott because that was the outcome they desired.

“This plan fell apart as soon as soon as IPOB called off the boycott. Therefore, they had no choice than to postpone the elections. That Nigeria is not voting today is due to what some people have called the IPOB effect.

“IPOB’s late announcement of the lifting of the boycott was what led to this last minute postponement by INEC, because they had ample time throughout the week to postpone the elections but failed to do so. The fear of IPOB is the beginning of wisdom, only fools pretend otherwise,” Powerful stated.    (The Sun)

 

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Election Shift: I’m Deeply Disappointed With INEC – Buhari |The Republican News

                                           President Muhammadu Buhari

John Ameh, Katsina

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep disappointment over the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The President lamented that, despite giving all the necessary support to the electoral umpire, the exercise was postponed just hours to voting and after Nigerians had taken the pains to travel to vote.

“I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, the Independent National Electoral Commission postponed the presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement,” Buhari said in a statement he signed on Saturday morning in Daura, Katsina State.

However, he asked INEC to ensure the safety of election materials already distributed and appealed to Nigerians to remain law abiding.

Buhari also stated that he had decided to relocate to Abuja from Daura to ensure that the meeting INEC called to hold with stakeholders was successfully.

His statement reads further, “We now urge INEC to ensure not only that materials already distributed are safe and do not get into wrong hands, but that everything is done to avoid the lapses that resulted in this unfortunate postponement, and ensure a free and fair election on the rescheduled dates.

“While I reaffirm my strong commitment to the independence, neutrality of the electoral umpire and the sanctity of the electoral process and ballot, I urge all political stakeholders and Nigerians to continue to rally round INEC at this trying national moment in our democratic journey.

“I, therefore, appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from all civil disorder and remain peaceful, patriotic and united to ensure that no force or conspiracy derail our democratic development.”   (Punch)

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Election: IPOB Calls Off The Boycott Order, Urges Members To Vote |RN

Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha

 

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has called-off the boycott of election declared by its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, calling on its members and people of South East and parts of South South zone go out to cast their votes.

The group said that the suspension of the boycott order came after a brief emergency session of the Directorate of State (DOS) late last night, presided over by its leader, where it was determined that all the terms and conditions had been met by those wishing it to lift the ban on voting, noting that it was unanimously agreed that the boycott should be lifted.

Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, in a statement, said the its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has called-off the election boycott in Biafraland, while he signed a document agreeing to IPOB terms and conditions were in its possession and would be made public in due course.

“We can therefore state with utmost sense of responsibility and pride that IPOB has accomplished what no other people or group has been able to do in the history of our people.

“Without prejudice, this will go down as the defining moment when the irreversibibility of the restoration of Biafra was firmly entrenched in the subconscious of all and sundry.

“As a result of which we can state categorically that Biafra is a lot closer than we think as a result of this”.

“Our detractors and opponents have also realised that IPOB is a super-structure that can’t be blackmailed nor intimidated into conceding an inch without getting what they want.

“We regret the lateness of this agreement that led to the calling off at the eleventh hour but it must be seen as a negotiating ploy designed to wear IPOB down which failed woefully.

“We stood very firm and got every concession we asked for in line with what our leader outlined in numerous recent broadcasts.

“If there were any doubt before regarding the potency of IPOB, this successful outcome has dispelled all of it.

“Therefore, it is full steam ahead towards Biafra restoration because IPOB has achieved something most people thought was impossible. IPOB worldwide has proven that the impossible is achievable with dedication and demonstrable sense of purpose.

“Our leader made it clear on many occasions that unless our terms are met the elections will be boycotted.

“Having met those conditions, our leader triumphantly lifted the boycott late last night.

“The leadership hereby commend the worldwide IPOB family, especially our legendary volunteers, our fathers, mothers and e-warriors that battled the enemy to standstill.

“We salute their doggedness, resoluteness and resilience towards this fight for Biafra freedom and this greatest achievement we have so far made.

“Therefore, we wish to inform the world that our preconditions and demands which we set out to accomplish from the onset, has been conceded to and taken care of without much alteration.

“Our struggle for total Biafra independence has been enhanced as a result of this” Powerful stated.    (The Sun)

 

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